Reggae Sumfest 2018

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The chance to meet Jamaica's outstanding World Championship athletes in person and be entertained by top artistes such as Elephant Man, Tarrus Riley, Konshens, and Etana, are some of the treats that patrons will enjoy at this Sunday's (Oct. 4) Family Fun Day and Concert at the Trelawny Multi-purpose Stadium.


Other acts confirmed to perform include Laden, Chino, I-Octane, G-Whizz, Alberosie, Romaine Virgo, Byron Lee and the Dragonaires, Khago, newly crowned Digicel Rising Star, Brown Sugar, and runner-up Princess Tia.


In addition to the performances there will be rides, domino, dance and song competitions and other activities.


Members of the public, who wish to attend the Family Fun Day and Concert, must have tickets. They are free of cost and can be collected at the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission's (JCDC) head office in Kingston and parish offices in Falmouth, Savanna-La-Mar, Montego Bay, Lucea, Port Maria; and at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre.


Tickets are also available at the Trelawny Parish Council Office, Inland Revenue Office in Falmouth, Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Montego Bay office, and the Sports Development Foundation in Kingston.


For those who might not be able to attend, the concert will be streamed live on the Internet by the Jamaica Information Service at www.jis.gov.jm.


The Family Fun Day and Concert will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. with gates opening at 12 o'clock.


It will provide an excellent opportunity for the Jamaican people to express their gratitude to the athletes for the unbridled joy that their performances provided, while allowing the athletes to interact with their fans.





Reggae Sumfest 2018

Olint Boss David Smith in jail in Turks & Caicos

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CEO of the collapsed investment club, Olint, in which many Jamaicans and others lost huge amounts of money, is now in jail in the Turks and Caicos Islands.


Both Smith and his wife had been out on bail after being charged with fraud, theft, false accounting, and uttering false documents in the Turks and Caicos Islands. He had been charged in February of this year and had been granted bail in the sum of US$1M.


David Smith was reportedly in court on Tuesday answering to charges when he taken into custody. His wife’s bail, however, has reportedly been extended.


Meanwhile, John Connolly, the liquidator assigned the job to find the money invested in the David Smith led Olint Corporation, recently reported that only US$13 million in liquid assets have been identified, against claims of US$67 million from 376 claimants.


Connolly also pointed out that it is going to take a very long time before any distribution takes place because many more claims are still to be received, processed and verified.


The liquidator stated that Smith has not been very cooperative in the provision of the company’s accounting records and database, while stressing that he would be using the law to force him to do so.


The report, which covered the period up to July 31, also pointed out that most of the funds held by Olint TCI have been frozen in the United States (US) and Turks & Caicos Island. It stated that Connolly had applied to the court and had obtained the release of part of the frozen money in the TCI in order to pay the liquidator’s fees, while adding that the balance of the funds remains under the sole control of the attorney general of that island or the US Department of Justice.


According to the liquidator, most of the activities carried out by Olint were not revenue generating, and the company only served as a conduit for receiving monies from investors to payout other investors or investors of other Smith-related companies.


Olint, which was owned by David and Tracy Smith, operated over a 27-month period between April 2006 and July 2008, had 6,000 investors and US$220 million under management.







The Far East Rulers will create history yet again when they perform for the first time alongside renowned sound system King Stur Gav at Irish and Chin's "Reeewind" on Saturday, October 3 in New York.


This will be a night of straight “rub-a-dub” and could pose a big challenge for Mighty Crown, who is typically viewed as a competitive sound.


For this session, Mighty Crown will have to maintain a harmonious disposition, while delivering straight "Rub-a-dub" music. All the while, "The Far East Rulers" will have to work hard to convince the more senior members of the audience of their ability to play in this unique setting.


To properly prepare for this event, Mighty Crown will feature Koji, their ace selector credited for his extensive knowledge of foundation music. Hailed by leaders like U-Roy and Tony Screw, Koji thrives as a foundation selector. Since confirmed for this date, Mighty Crown has been diligently going through their music catalogue to draw tunes fit for the event.


King Stur Gav is happy to return to New York. The one-and-only sound will take center stage on Saturday, October 3 and provide dancehall fans with a genuine "Rub-a-dub" experience. The name King Stur Gav speaks for itself. The sound has a remarkable history that dates back to the mid 70's. Created by the pioneer deejay U-Roy, the sound catapulted to success as a traveling sound system that boasted some of the industry's top deejays including Josey Wales, Brigadier Jerry, Charlie Chaplin and Ranking Joe to name a few.


Clearly, King Stur Gav served as a Deejay academy, offering some of the best microphone talent of the era. Through the academy, all of the sound's disciples were able to take their teacher's style to the forefront of Reggae music. King Stur Gav's commitment to entertainment and dedication to cultural music instead of slackness has continued to make the sound a unique driving force.


Both King Stur Gav and Mighty Crown will shine at "Reeewind," giving fans a taste of history, with a modern day twist.





Bolt To Di Worl!

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Bwoy what a way Usain Bolt go a New York and just done di place sah.Watch the link below and si how him teck on the ESPN sports team and just mess dem up...yeah man wi know sey a joke ting, but it did really nice fi hear him a tease dem if dem sure dem can meck it to di finish line! Bwoy him get a lot a love dere...a suh wi love to si him a represent to di flippin worl!







Poor West Indies

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Bwoy, everybody come beat beat up pon West Indies, dem lose two matches already and today mi a watch di last one whey dem a play and dung to wicket keeper teck off him gloves and get wicket...a whey di cricket board a duh sah...dem nuh si sey dem a embarrass de hell out a we all?





No Comment from Macka

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Songwriter and artiste Unicorn has been talking up di tings where Macka Diamond is concerned. He claimed that he has not been under paid by the female DJ. Macka who recently returned to the island from her overseas promotion is offering no comment to Unicorn’s allegations. Don’t wrong you girl one word lead to another and nex ting you know tings blow out a proportion. Di best ting you do is have a one on one talk wid Unicorn and sort out unno difference…but wi never did hear a likkle romance did a brew there suh?





Scenes from Boasy Tuesdays

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Today's Daily Word - Wednesday, September 30, 2009

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This Moment


I express wholeness and peace here and now.


My past and future enhance my experience of the world, but it is only in the present moment that I cocreate my life. And, in this present moment, I find God.


Behind me are "the things I cannot change," which a familiar prayer reminds me to accept. I accept them, and I learn from them. Ahead of me lie infinite possibilities and ideas waiting to be accessed through prayer, affirmation and action.


But in this present moment, I experience the fullness of God. I affirm only good, knowing that all good things are available to me.
I thank God for this moment and for the wholeness and peace here and now.


"A pleasant vineyard, sing about it! I, the Lord, am its keeper; every moment I water it."--Isaiah 27:2-3.Inspired by this message? Want to talk to friends about it? Share your thoughts here.Search past Daily Word messages by date, topic or keyword. Visit the archive.


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Scenes from Uptown Mondays

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Scenes from Beres Hammond Mothers Funeral

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Stop the Violence says Rapper Nas

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The following post was taken from www.redcarpetshelley.com but the message remains the same. Violence affects us all...maybe we can heed Nas' appeal.


Derrion Albert, a 16 year old honour roll student from Chicago lost his life on Monday to senseless violence. Derrion a student at Christian Fenger Academy became part of a gang melee which resulted in his being beaten to death (all caught on videotape which I refuse to post). Apparently, Derrion may have jumped in to aid a friend in need.


Rapper Nas was also moved by the incident and wrote an open letter to teenagers:


"Dear Young Warriors fighting the wrong wars! Killing each other is definitely played out. Being hurt from the lost of a love one was never cool.


Dear Young Warriors fighting the wrong war! I know that feeling, that frustration with life and needing to take it out on someone, any one.


But we chose the dumbest things to go the hardest for. I remember seeing deaths over 8 ball jackets, Fila sneakers, and name plate chains. Deaths over "he say, she say"!!!!! "I'm from this block or I'm from that block", or "my moms n pops is f*cked up now the whole world gotta pay"!!!


I remember feeling like I was the hardest "n*gga" breathing. And I couldn't wait to prove it. But let's think. What are we really proving?? And proving what to who?? Everybody knows Chicago breeds the strongest of the strong but I just feel, me, being ya brother from another state feels your pain as if I grew up with you in ya very own household.


You have the ability and mind power to change they way we are looked at. Look who's watching us young warriors, look who's throwing us in jail constantly, look at the ignorance in the world. Look at the racist dogs who love to see us down. Loving to bury us in the ground or in jail where we continue this worthless war on one another.


Young warriors.... We are WASTING more and more time. We gotta get on our jobs and take over the world. Cuz this movie left the theaters years ago, Juice, Menace, Boys n the Hood , Blood n Blood Out, Belly!


When we see each other why do we see hatred? Why were we born in a storm, born soldiers, WARRIORS....and instead of building each other up we are at war with each other.. May the soul of this young person find peace with the almighty. I'm with you young warriors. You're me and I'm you. But trust me! you are fighting the wrong war."


Amen brother! Rest in peace Derrion Albert and God bless his family and the four teenagers charged in his death...Parents take this opportunity to talk with your teenagers!!!





Alicia Keys Involved with Married Man?

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If an open letter is to be believed written by the wife of rap producer Swizz Beatz to singer Alicia Keys, then it implies that she is having an affair with a married man.
According to the letter that's posted on EUR Web Singer Mashonda, who says she is technically still married to rap producer Swizz Beatz, has written an open regarding the alleged relationship she is having with her husband.


Here's the letter in its entirety, according to Rap-Up.com:


After having a great evening with my son and enjoying some fun twit chat, I decided to sign off and get some work done. However, a few hours later I was advised that I should check @aliciakeys twit page. I've never reached out to her on twitter before. I feel our issues are a lot more serious than a website conversation. Not to mention that I've reached out to her many times in the beginning of this whole thing, as any wife would do. Unfortunately, I never succeeded in getting a response.


The 1st time I meet AK, my husband introduced us to each other at an event. ( I have no choice but to call him my husband, until he is not anymore) In the messages that I sent to her (AK), I made it very clear that on the contrary of what she might be hearing, I am still married to my husband, living with him and just had a child. Its been two years and I still have not received a response.


What I do receive, is constant displays of selfishness and dis concern to me and my son. was a fan of AK's last album, we were both signed to J Records and I always checked up on her projects. I sang her songs and admired her for creating Superwoman and Karma, I would never deny her, her talent. I believed in her until I found out she was possibly sleeping with my husband. The affair was denied by both, until it was finally admitted months later.


Already I can hear some of you saying "why are u blaming her, You cant make someone leave their wife, You cant break something thats broken." Well, my marriage was not broken, as far as I knew we were celebrating our sons birth and getting ready to celebrate our 5 year wedding anniversary . Call it blind love, whatever. I call it being a devoted wife.


As far as me blaming her and not blaming him, thats false. Me and my husband have worked out our differences. We are in a good place as people and as parents. I accept his choices and I am comfortable enough with myself to move on. I am so very blessed in many ways. My concern with AK is no longer the fact that she assisted in destroying a family but that she has the audacity to make these selfish comments about love and wanting to be with someone, even after knowing their situation. How is this the same Superwoman that I sang out loud with in my truck? I ask myself sometimes.


If you are reading this Alicia, let me start by saying, you know what you did. You know the role you played and you know how you contributed to the ending of my marriage. You know that I asked you to step back and let me handle my family issues. Issues that you helped to create. Im not saying everything was perfect all the time but no relationship is perfect. We made a vow to God and I believe you should have respected that, as a woman. I know you owe me or my son nothing but I just wish you would've handled things more carefully.


I'm not judging you, I put you and the whole situation in the hands of God, the Higher Power. Just know that as a woman, I expected so much more from you. I never had intentions on reaching out to you this way but after reading your twits tonight, and the constant disregard, you left me no choice. I feel that after 1 and a half years of you hiding this affair and acting like it doesn't exist, that now is the time to confront it, since you talk so openly about it now


This is not a publicity stunt, I don't have a record coming out. I just need to close this chapter in my life and that means confronting our issues. There is a small child involved. His dad loves him to death and he wants to spend more time with him but hes afraid because he knows we don't have a relationship. This is my main concern. My son NEEDS his dad and I NEED to be comfortable with you. For him!


I know many will see my point and many will not be able to look into what's real because they only want to see Alicia Keys the celebrity, not the human. This is not for the "people", this is for you. Like I said I was left no choice but to reach out to you this way. By now, Im sure you want to find a balance in this as well. I read your tweets tonight and I felt they were very insensitive. You have no idea how much pain I was caused because of this affair. Its baffling to me that you don't understand what I might have gone through with this situation. I don't consider myself a victim anymore, Ive learned a lot from this! I just ask you to try and be a bit more realistic and delicate to the situation, at least until my divorce is final.


I felt me attending the party would have been a starting point for us, since you shook my hand after I offered it, but I suppose I was wrong. If its so, that you and my husband are meant to be together, then God bless you both and I hope you never have to deal with what I did. I would not wish it on my worst enemy. If you two being together forever is the case, its more of a reason for us to get along, because I'm not going anywhere. There's a child to be raised.


To answer your tweet, choose smart over spark. Sparks burn everyone, be smart! Its simple actually, just think of the shoe being on the other foot. Stay blessed and lets work this thing out with respect and dignity.





Today's Daily Word - Tuesday, September 29, 2009

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Pray for Others


I see myself and others as spiritually perfect beings.


As I enter into prayer, I release any stress or concern I may have been carrying. I gently let go and relax into a conscious awareness that the Christ presence is active in me and those I love.


A cherished Unity prayer begins: "Child of Light, I bless you! I think of you, I pray for you, not in terms of what I think you need or what I think you should do or be or express. I lift up my thoughts about you. I catch a new vision of you. I see you as a child of light...."


I see myself and others as spiritually perfect beings. Focusing on the highest good, I see us peaceful and abundant. I align my thoughts and feelings with the goodness that is the Christ essence within every person.


"Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, just as it is well with your soul."--3 John 1:2
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Scenes from Wet Sundays

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39 Reggae Albums Being Considered for Grammy

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Some 39 albums from Jamaican and non-Jamaica acts have been submitted for consideration in the Reggae Grammy category. It is from this pool that the final five or six will be chosen.


Among the Grammy winners who have albums up for consideration are Stephen Marley, whose Mind Control, which copped the Reggae Grammy in 2008, is again up for consideration, but this time it is the acoustic version of the album. His brother Julian, who released his Awake album earlier this year, to critical acclaim, is also getting consideration.


Singer Tarrus Riley’s Contagious, Buju Banton’s Rasta Got Soul, Brand New Me from the Cool Ruler, Gregory Isaacs and Queen Ifrica’s Montego Bay have all been submitted to the committee. As expected, Sean Paul’s Imperial Blaze has been submitted and Inner Circle’s State of Da World.


Representing the dancehall are Mavado with Mr Brooks … A Better Tomorrow, Ce’Cile with Waiting and Lady G, with Rated G.
Sizzla’s Ghetto Youthology, I Can Feel Your Pain by Gyptian, Jah Cure’s Universal Cure, Justice by Lutan Fyah and Fantan Mojah’s Stonger also make the list.


Easy All Stars, The Aggrolites, De Apostle, Rebelution and Westbound Train are among the non-Jamaican acts whose album have been submitted.


Other acts whose albums are also under consideration are Terry Ganzie, Terry Linen, Prezident Brown, Mikey Spice, TOK and Glen Washington.


The 52nd Grammy Awards takes place on January 31, 2010 at the Staples Centre in downtown Los Angeles.





Alaine and Don Corleon no Longer Together

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Don Corleon and singer Alaine have severed their musical relationship after a four-year partnership.


Not much reason has been given for the split in their relationship, but Alaine told the Star that they relationship ended on good terms.


In the weekend paper Alaine was quoted as saying "First of all I have to big up Don all di way. He is 100 per cent an amazing producer and we've had a lot of success together. We just returned from Japan where we released my second album 'Luv-A-Dub' and it has been doing great, getting serious album sales which is a big feat. It was a very beneficial positive experience, still is, but we're no longer working together."


Alaine denied rumours that she married to Don and refused to comment on anything regarding her personal life.





Usain Stay Out Of The Passa Passa

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Now I am a big fan of Usain Bolt. Watching him as he cruised through the finish line thrilled my heart no ends. I was one of the first to cheer when he was bestowed with one of the highest honour from the Prime Minister.


I defended him when some thought he was too young for such a title.
But watching the clip on Entertainment Report last Friday night I had to be rethinking some of my earlier staunch defense. Hearing Usain saying that he is a Gaza fan for life and who don’t like it should jump into the Gully made me wonder about the huge task he has been given to shoulder as an ambassador for the country.


There is nothing wrong with Usain having his preferred choice of artiste or music…but to add fuel to an already volatile situation is just plain wrong.


He should do what he does best, train hard, make us proud, and represent the country to the highest level…stay out of the passa passa.





Scenes from Arrival of the Athletes

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Who's Worse.... The Police or Gunmen?

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Two Sundays ago, my attention was drawn to a story carried in the Sunday Herald. The only thing I have to say is that reading it, I just had to ask myself who was worse, the gunman or the people who our tax dollars are paying to serve and protect. At least with the criminals they make no pretence…but when people are are collecting money to protect are doing the opposite…then what do you do?


Check out the following story carried in the Sunday Herald and holla at us.


Imagine stopping at a red light at an intersection, and while you are waiting for the green light, you observe a police car breaking the red light from the opposite direction. Now imagine after the police car breaks the stop light it hits your car, wrecking it.


After some wrangling with the police about the accident it gets worse. A few days later, police officers, including an inspector of police, show up at your premises and proceed to assault you and threaten to kill you on another day. What do you do? Call the police?


To serve, Protect and Reassure is the motto of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, but when you speak with Robert Hill, you can see that he believes that assault, intimidate and murder might be a more suitable motto for some in that uniform.


On July 11, 2009 at roughly 12:15 a.m., Hill, an entertainer, came to a stop at a red light at an intersection on the Spanish Town bypass. While there a police car coming from the opposite direction, ran the red light, and according to police records, to aid in the rescue of a police patrol in a shootout in Central Village.


The police car hit Hill’s car and two other cars. Hill’s car was ‘written off’ and the police officer was sent to the hospital. Hill and other passengers in his vehicle were transported to the Spanish Town police station, to give a statement. Hill said that when he was transported to the Spanish Town police station, he spent about four hours at the station but didn’t give a written statement.


He said he asked why he wasn’t allowed to give a written statement and was told by the investigating officer, Sergeant Gardener, to give it the following day and that he had 24 hours to give it. He also enquired why his car was being examined, as it was only cars that were moving at the time of the accident should be examined. Hill said no reason was given.


The Police Statement


When the Sunday Herald contacted Sergeant Gardener, he said that he examined all the vehicles that were hit by the police car.


“It’s standard procedure,” Gardener said. But when the Sunday Herald spoke with one of the motorists involved in the accident, Morain Burke, and asked him if his car was examined, he said, “My car was not examined. I came into the station and gave my statement and a left.”


Burke also explained that giving his statement didn’t take very long, and he drove his car. He said it was damaged but it could be driven to the station. It seemed that either Burke was mistaken or the sergeant was lying. The Sunday Herald has learnt that only cars that were moving during the time of the accident should be examined. As to why Hill’s car was examined it is unclear.


When Hill returned the next day to give his statement of the accident, an officer told him that they couldn’t take his statement, and he was asked why he didn’t give it on the night of the accident. “They told me that they could not take my statement, (and asked) why I did not give it from the time of the accident. I told them that Sergeant Gardener told me to return to give it,” Hill said.


Hill refused to leave the station until he gave his statement. It was then Hill said, that a police officer dressed in uniform, grabbed him by his collar, and pushed him out of the police station. After some persistence, he eventually gave the statement two days later.


Caught on Camera


According to Hill, if trying to get compensation for the damage to his car wasn’t enough, a cadre of police officers have been trying to kill him.


Hill, who lives in the Corporate Area, was threatened and beaten by a group of police officers from the Half-Way Tree police station, including an inspector of police on July 29. He says that his life was spared when one of his neighbours came out to enquire what was going on and one of the police officers whispered to him, “See you get witness now.”


Hill feared that they would return to kill him, so, acting on the advice from human rights group, Jamaicans for Justice, he installed cameras on his premises and sure enough, they did return on Monday August 14, and they were caught on camera.


A policeman, who was identified as an inspector, and who is stationed at the Half-Way Tree police station, was seen with his pistol drawn and walking through the front grill on a copy of the tape obtained by the Sunday Herald. On the policeman’s arrival, all occupants of the house left the premises. After the house is cleared another police officer is seen holding Hill by his locks and dragging him into his house. Hill is seen resisting and holding on to a grill, while policemen are seen pulling his hands away.


While being dragged into the house, his wife Kumiko, a Japanese national, who was also eight months pregnant, held on to his abdomen. Another police officer grabbed her from behind and carried her outside. At this time Hill is out of the camera frame but a police officer can be seen thrusting downward with his hand while two officers stand by the grill.


The tape shows the police officer dragging Hill closer to the front door where the officer is seen assaulting the unarmed man with a pair of pliers. Hill seems to be in agony, as the policeman continues to pick at his flesh. It was then that Hill’s wife Kumiko ran past the two officers at the door and entered into the room and held on to Hill again. The two officers at the door tried to stop her, but then let her go. The same police officer who was assaulting Hill led him upstairs with Kumiko still holding on to his waist.


It’s not clear why Kumiko was allowed into the house, but according to a statement that she gave about the incident, the police then proceeded to search the bedrooms and bathrooms and one officer she described as “the young policeman” called her an “idiot gal” and threaten to hit her in the face and kill her. Along with the threat, Kumiko said policemen held her husband by his locks while hitting him in the head.


She said while upstairs she received injuries to her left elbow and right arm when a policeman pushed her husband into a dresser. After nearly 10 minutes, the couple return downstairs with the cop still holding on to her husband’s locks. The couple was later taken to the station.


But why did all this happen and why were they carried to the station? Currently Deputy Commissioner of Police Charles Scarlett is carrying out an investigation into the incident. DCP Scarlett didn’t confirm or deny seeing the tape, but told us that he was investigating the complaint and when the investigation was through he would make a report to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution.


Cover Up


Superintendent Terrence Bent of the Half-Way Tree police told the Sunday Herald that the reasons for carrying Kumiko and another Japanese girl to the station were to check to see if the two Japanese girls were legitimately in the island, as well as for another reason he wasn’t at liberty to tell the Sunday Herald. But according to a police statement made by Kumiko, the police officers who came to her home were not interested in taking her to the station — her husband seemed to be the primary person.


“The police said that I could stay but I insisted to go with my husband. We were then taken to a police vehicle and told that we would be taken to the police station,” said Kumiko in a police statement.


As for the assault on Hill, Superintendent Bent said he didn’t hear or know of any assault or of any tape of an assault. Hill says the police superintendent is lying, as on one occasion while he was at the Public Defender’s office, Bent called him and said that he saw the tape and was asking him not to give the tape to DCP Scarlett.


Inspector Linton Allen, who was seen on the tape, declined to speak with the Sunday Herald about the matter, as it was under investigation. But he did tell us to ask Hill what he was doing before they carried him into the house. So we did.


Hill said he was at a house in are where he lives trying to get the attention of a cable man when he was accosted by the police and carried into his home. The police officer that held on to him shouted that he had thrown a gun into the yard. He said the cable man and other occupants in the house tried to tell the police man that he didn’t throw a weapon in the yard, but the police officer continued unperturbed.


The Sunday Herald has now learnt that the logbook at the station did not report that Hill was there on August 14, but when speaking with Superintendent Bent, he was asked if Hill was beaten in the station on August 14. He said no, as he was present when he was brought in.


Hill has his own theory as to why the police came to his home on July 29 and August 14. It’s because the police are trying to kill him, in an attempt to cover up what happened in Spanish Town, he said.


“That’s the reason why. I never had no problem with the police… is just (when) the accident happen, me see police a try kill me,” said Hill.





Iley Dread Enjoys Success with New Single

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Reggae singer Iley Dread is enjoying success with Are You Sure, one of the singles off his just-released Unleashed album. The song is presently getting a lot of attention in the UK and Canada.


Producer Jeffrey Forrest could not be any happier about the single's success. According to him, he sent out some 'teaser' mp3s to disc jocks and the response was great.


"I kept getting requests from other jocks who heard it and wanted it added to their playlists," he said.


And to think that Forrest never had any intention of releasing the track as a single. It was supposed to be just one of the regular tracks on the album... but the requests that were coming in changed that thought.


Since the single hit the streets, it seems to have gained a new life of its own on the international scene. While it is enjoying some amount of airplay in Jamaica, it is in the States and on the European circuit that it has really taken off the producer stated.


Singer Iley Dread, who is promoting his Unleashed album on the North American circuit, is now making plans to take some time off to shoot a video for the song.


Colin Levy aka Iley Dread, singer, songwriter, producer hails from the parish of Hanover. Like most artistes, he developed an early appreciation for music and honed his talent performing on community and school events. He migrated to Canada in 1992, where he continued to explore his love for reggae music in Montreal, Quebec.


While assisting his family in their restaurant business, The Rainbow Ites, Iley would use his free time to write and produce for young local talent and he sometimes performed at the Ites talent shows.


In 1994 Iley was introduced to Bevin Jackson, the owner of Bulleyes Recording Label. Bevin encouraged him to record his own material and start his own production company. The following year Kings of Kings was born.


Bevin became Ileys' mentor and he produced a number of songs for him, five of which were part of Iley's first album, A Friend For Life. This association was cut short because of the untimely passing of Bevin due to injuries he received in a motor vehicle accident. A Friend For Life was released in 2001 and featured appearances from Glen Washington, Lady Saw, Louie Culture, Luciano, Chrisinti and Norris Man.


Since then, Iley has released Unite The People and now his third solo project to date, Unleash.





Today's Daily Word - Monday, September 28, 2009

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Forgive


I draw on God's love within to forgive.


Forgiveness is an act of love. As I forgive, I release negative energy that may manifest as resentment or anger. I open the way for something positive to happen. If I feel wronged or annoyed, I release the impulse to judge. The lines of communication remain open, and understanding flows freely. Relationships with family, friends and colleagues flourish when I act with compassion and easily forgive. I relate to others in harmonious ways.


I exercise the same forgiving attitude toward myself. If I have erred, I learn from it and move on. I draw from the reservoir of God's love within me to give and receive forgiveness.


"Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven."--Luke 6:37.Inspired by this message? Want to talk to friends about it? Share your thoughts here.Search past Daily Word messages by date, topic or keyword. Visit the archive.


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Scenes from Bembe

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Scenes from Fresh Fridays

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Today's Daily Word - Sunday, September 27, 2009

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Joy


I am a joyful child of God.


When I look at the sky, the trees, the land or into the eyes of someone I love, I experience the wonder of life. Noticing the simple blessings that surround me here and now, I tap into my inner wellspring of joy.


One joyful thought starts a chain reaction, just as the song of a bird at dawn invites others to join in. I choose to cultivate joy, to count my blessings and to share this feeling with others.


A joyous state of mind opens me to divine ideas and substance. I see new ways to express my potential and new opportunities to experience life as a joyful child of God.


"For you shall go out in joy ... the mountains and the hills before you shall burst into song."--Isaiah 55:12.Inspired by this message? Want to talk to friends about it? Share your thoughts here.Search past Daily Word messages by date, topic or keyword. Visit the archive.


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YardFlex Hot Charts

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Machete Wielding Attacker Caught

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The man who attacked a taxi man in Papine this week was caught by the police. TVJ’s video footage showed a rastaman chopping away at a cab driver…but when the police held him he was a ‘bald head’.


The man, who was wearing dreadlocks at the time, had a bald head when he was pick up by the police during an operation in Mud Town, a tough community near Papine. He was identified as Barrington 'Bobby' Aldridge.


The accused man is scheduled to appear before the Half-Way-Tree Resident Magistrate's Court on Tuesday to answer to felonious wounding charges, the police said.


The police, following the showing of the attack on television, launched a manhunt for the Rastafarian but when the search ended yesterday a clean-shaven Aldridge was held.


The taxi operator, who was wounded, in the incident was discharged from hospital yesterday.


Police could not say what was the motive for the attack.





Today's Daily Word - Saturday, September 26, 2009

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Let Go, Let God


I open to Spirit and follow divine guidance.


I have journeyed to a crossroads of opportunity. This is a place for me to pause and reflect upon the road I have been travelling and the choice that lies ahead.


I imagine that I have just walked through the desert and have now reached an oasis with refreshing water, a cool breeze and a hammock tied between two shade-giving trees. I have reached a welcome refuge.


I experience this kind of an oasis as I let go of personal striving--trying to do it all myself--and let God guide me. A sense of calm washes over me as I release my concerns and trust that God will show me the way.


I pause, I listen and I discern the guidance I have been seeking. Following the guidance I receive leads me to my greater good.\


"If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit."--Galatians 5:25.Inspired by this message? Want to talk to friends about it? Share your thoughts here.Search past Daily Word messages by date, topic or keyword. Visit the archive.


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Good Move Dancehall Fans

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Can you believe my surprise when I came across a flyer advertising a show dubbed Gully Gaza Fans Unity Party which will be held at the Building on Tuesday, September 29. They even have a dress code where Gully wear black and Gaza wear white.


If this is a dance truly meant to unite the bickering factors, then all I have to say is more power to them. It spells no sense that two talented individuals spend the most of their time inciting their fans to be choosing sides.


Literate people are not meant to be behaving this way.


It would be good if Vybz Kartel and Mavado go the extra mile and turn up at this dance which is scheduled to be held at The Building (formerly the Asylum Nightclub) and shake hands, signifying an end of the war.


There is enough conflict going on in the country without the entity that’s supposed to provide some relief being a contributing factor in itself.


For whatever reasons this dance has materialized I hope it will prove to be the catalyst for the beginning of a positive vibes between the two.





Attempted Hijacker Found Guilty

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Stephen Fray who attempted to hi-jack the Can Jet plane in Montego Bay has been found guilty on eight of 10 charges.


The 23-year-old Montego Bay resident who is on trial for his role in the hostage drama on a Canjet Flight at the Sangester International Airport earlier this year was convicted Thursday.


The verdict was handed down in the Western Regional Gun Court in Montego Bay on Thursday afternoon.


In court on Thursday the judge made her deliberation, then ordered a social enquiry which is to be handed in on October 8 when Fray's case will be decided.


Fray's lawyers George Thomas told RJR News about the charges and noted that they ranged from assault to illegal possession of firearm and ammunition.


It was on the night of April 19 that Fray eluded security personnel at the Sangster International Airport and boarded a Canjet flight destined for Canada via Cuba.


He held passengers and crew hostage for eight hours before being disarmed by a crew member and was nabbed by a special security team that had surrounded the aircraft.


The incident drew international attention with media personnel arriving in droves the following morning.





Elephant Man on the Gay Rights List Too

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Buju Banton is not the only artiste coming under fire from the gay rights groups. Elephant man who had a show in Germany two days ago was forced to abort that performance as the gay rights group applied some pressure forcing the show to be cancelled. It’s left to be seen whether his shows for France will go through.





Today's Daily Word - Friday, September 25, 2009

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Free


I am free to choose my path in life.


When facing an unexpected challenge, it's easy to feel like a victim of circumstance--as though I am moving from the driver's seat of my life to the passenger's seat. Instead, I make a conscious choice to get back behind the wheel. I assert my own power in a positive, spiritually centered way.


Through prayer and meditation, I regain control of my life. My emotional strength is renewed, and I feel confident again. I release old habits or relationships that have encumbered me in the past.
The Spirit of God fills my mind, body and soul with the courage I need to move forward. My mind is crystal clear, and I am free to make healthy choices.


"Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom."--2 Corinthians 3:17
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Capleton, Beenie Man Ready to ‘REEEWIND’

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New York, New York , September 21, 2009 — As the stage is set for Irish and Chin's "Reeewind," the streets are buzzing with talk of the original "Rub-a-dub" themed event.


Reeewind, which will be headlined by former rivals turned friends, the Fyah Man Capleton and Beenie Man, will be held Saturday, October 3 at Amazura in Queens, New York. And lately there has been a perpetual argument brewing of which of these former rivals, Beenie Man or Capleton, will perform better. The last time the two met in "Reeewind's" very same venue, the event erupted into a friendly lyrical showdown.


This time around, rather than relying on their entire catalogue of hits, the deejays will only have the option of using cultural lyrics. Additionally, only "Rub-a-dub" riddims will be played. Never-the-less, both artists are destined to shine.


Beenie Man has been deejaying on sound systems since he has 10 years old and has performed on some of the industry's best "Rub-a-dub" sounds. Although this "King of the Dancehall" has a limited catalog of cultural songs, he is over the top with freestyle lyrics. Truly a favorite among all generations, Beenie Man can chat over any riddim flawlessly.


Capleton is a legend whose strength lies in his huge catalogue of cultural songs. Handpicked for this event because of this accolade, Capleton is a heavy hitter. Spending some of his early career on the African Star sound system, the Fyah Man has a knack and feel for this style event. With a huge fan base and craft of riding riddims in tow, Capleton will be a force to reckoned with.


Although this event has not been billed, nor promoted as a competition, enthusiasts are waiting to see which of the two deejays will better handle the one-and-only King Stur Gav. According to fans, "Reeewind" is one of the most highly anticipated Dancehall events to hit New York in years. Not only are fans raving about Beenie Man and Capleton's involvement, they are also in a frenzy over the rest of the billing including U-Roy, Brigadier Jerry, Charlie Chaplin, General Trees, Luciano and Mighty Crown. The official countdown to "Reeewind" is underway.





Etana Managed by Irish and Chin

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Conscious reggae singer, Etana has signed a management deal with Irish and Chin and is now being booked exclusively by Headline Entertainment.


The deal with Irish and Chin — known for their expert management of sound system ‘Far East Rulers’ Mighty Crown — was signed two weeks ago,They confirmed.


Garfield ‘Chin’ Bourne disclosed that his entity has been in discussions with Etana for sometime now, and says he is eagerly anticipating working with this act.


Chin, who is especially strong in the European and Japanese markets, says his plan is to position this conscious artiste in Europe Africa and North America. He states that he is “impressed with her talent and her dedication to her craft.”


Etana, who had previously been signed to the Sharon Burke-led Solid Agency, had indicated earlier this year that she intended to modify her management structure. It was reported that Solid Agency’s role had been diminished as they had moved from managing her career, to doing only the bookings.


Now, the bookings are being handled exclusively by Headline Entertainment.


Etana, who emerged on the scene in an impressive way two years ago, has scored with hits such as Wrong Address and Roots. Her debut album The Strong One received many accolades and earned her Album of the Year last year.





LA Lewis Again!

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Why LA Lewis won’t behave himself. Boy we are tired of reading about his escapades, for a self-proclaimed DJ who don’t have two songs that can readily come to mind…he is really all over the place.


The last feud we read about was between him and a girl name Lady Marsha…she claimed she gave him money to buy a car for her and he bought the car…only in his name. When she took him to court he claimed he had a relationship with her and she is only being spiteful.


The other day Richie Stephens hired him to hand out flyers for his Take Me Away show and LA put down one piece of emailing out press releases (well we are being generous and we say that) because the poorly written thing had Richie disassociating himself from it!


Now the latest with this so called artiste in the Star is that he took a tattoo artist to court claiming the man took his chain and cell phone.


I had to laugh at how it turned out…check out a piece of the report…


The complainant, however, had a very different story. He told the court Lewis brought a fat woman to his tattoo parlour and asked that he give her a tattoo. He said: "Her belly kinda have some marks, so him seh mi mus put di tattoo ova dem. An she fat, so mi tell him it would a cost bout $12,000. "


He said Lewis agreed and stayed with the woman while most of the tattoo was being done. He said he left and said he would return. The complainant said Lewis did not return and since that day he has been trying to get his money. He said he was subsequently paid only $5,000.


He said Lewis had been giving him the runaround, so on the day in question, he saw him and took away his phone. He said he told Lewis when he paid him, the phone would be returned. About the chain, he said: "Him have on a costume jewellery, wid some fake diamond, a ting wha look like chandelier. Mi see when it pop offa an im pick it up offa di ground."


RM Pusey demanded that Lewis tell the court and the accused when he would be paid. To that he simply said, "I couldn't tell you exactly when, Your Honour."


The RM then told him to bring $5,000 when he returns to court on Friday. Lewis then asked, "So what about the chain, Your Honour?" To this she answered, "I don't know about any chain."


We rest our case!







Olympic and World 400-meter hurdles champion, Melaine Walker, has received high praise for her performance in sports and contribution to community development from Chairman of the Sports Development Foundation (SDF), Mr. David Mais.


"We would like to say that Melaine Walker is truly an outstanding track and field star," Mr.Mais said at a press conference held yesterday (Sept. 22) in the VIP lounge of the Norman Manley International Airport, Kingston, to welcome home the athlete.


Mr. Mais noted Melaine's contribution to the Maxfield Avenue community where she grew up, and her ability "to make things happen" in the area.


"Not only have you changed your community, you have helped changed Jamaica, because of the warmth and the love that the people of this country have shown in welcoming you and recognizing your hard work and accomplishments. Truly, you are an outstanding representative of Jamaica," he said.


Advisor to the Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Ali McNab, in his brief remarks, praised the performances of Melaine and the other athletes. He said that they displayed "good work ethics, discipline and stick-to-it-tiveness" during the Berlin World Championships.


"Keep up the good work. Continue to work hard. Continue to understand that you are our role models for the rest of Jamaica," he urged the athletes.


Mr. McNab said that the SDF, the Jamaica Amateur Athletics Association (JAAA) and the Ministry were committed to the development of the athletes. He mentioned the upcoming homecoming celebrations from October 2 to October 4, which is being planned by the government to show appreciation to the athletes.


Melaine Walker, who arrived with her manager, Juliet Campbell, expressed gratitude for the support shown by her relatives and all Jamaica during the World Championships. "I couldn't have done it without any of you guys," she said.


Melaine was met at the airport by her parents Japheth Walker and Jennifer Wilson, sister and brothers, and a team of officials, including representatives from the Sports Ministry, the JAAA, the SDF and the MVP (Maximizing,Velocity and Power) Track Club, where she trains.





Today's Daily Word - Thursday, September 24, 2009

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Hope


The light and love of God within me shine brightly.
A dark cloud in the sky can seem ominous, but no cloud can stop the sun from shining. Above the clouds, the sun shines as brightly as ever.


Regardless of any shadow clouding my day, the love of God within is ever present, always shining, blessing me with guidance, inspiration and hope.


At any time, I may reconnect with the infinite love of God within. I center myself in meditation and prayer, and the light of wisdom and understanding grows. Nothing in the outer world is beyond the power of God's love to transform.


"Your life will be brighter than the noonday; its darkness will be like the morning. And you will have confidence, because there is hope. –Job 11:17-18.Inspired by this message? Want to talk to friends about it? Share your thoughts here.Search past Daily Word messages by date, topic or keyword. Visit the archive.


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Esco- Dirty Weave/First Lady

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New $5,000 Note Starts Circulating Next Thursday

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The Bank of Jamaica says it will be issuing a high security $5,000 banknote on Thursday (September 24).


The note will be legal tender for all monetary transactions, and will complement the existing family of banknotes; namely $50, $100, $500 and $1,000.


The portrait of the late former Prime Minster of Jamaica, the Rt. Hon. Hugh Lawson Shearer, appears on the front of the note. The reverse features blossoms of the Frangipani and an aerial view of Highway 2000.


In addition to the standard security features on the existing banknotes – magnetic thread and ink, iridescence, florescence and watermark- this high value banknote will have a special security feature known as OptiksT. This is a wide security thread which features the Jamaica coat of arms. When held up to the light, the complete thread with “BOJ $5000″ will become visible.


The many features of the note are detailed in posters which will be displayed in prominent public places. The new note is dated January 15, 2009 and bears the signature of the Governor of the Bank, Derick Latibeaudiere.


The note will be available at the Bank of Jamaica and at all commercial banks as of next Thursday.







Labertha Palmer (born March 1909) passed peacefully at the Beth Abraham’s Home Care Center, Bronx, on September 20, 2009, leaving two daughters, Daphne and Iris, and a son, Professor the Hon. Rex Nettleford, a roving ambassador for his native Jamaica and Vice Chancellor Emeritus of the University of West Indies, along with several grand and great grandchildren, resident in Jamaica, the United States and the United
Kingdom.


A Thanksgiving/Memorial Service will take place on Saturday, September 26th, 5pm, at the Wake Eden Community Baptist Church,2074 Strang Ave., Bronx, New York 10466 (at Murdock Ave), with Rev. Dr. Samuel G. Simpson as the officiating Pastor.


In lieu of flowers a contribution to the UWI American Foundation Scholarship Fund, in Ms. Palmer’s name, will be accepted.





Callaloo and Green Banana to Rhatid

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Bwoy mi haffi share something wid unno, fi tell di truth unno really have some bright and ups woman out deh fi real you know.


Yeah, unno done know sey mi nuh ramp fi put fi mi business out deh already. Cause if mi can chat up mi friend dem own, unno done sey mi nuh tink nuttin fi talk fi mi own.


Well mi still kinda pissed off over dis argument whey mi have wid one girl whey call mi man phone di odda night.


Mi inna di bathroom and hear mi man phone a vibrate nuh hell di odda mawning…and between mi and unno anytime fi him phone deh pon vibrate mi get suspicious…cause a ting did guh dung one time…but dat’s anodda story.


When me look pan the phone mi si one familiar number and ask di gal if she back pon di list again why she a call up mi man phone fah…but mi shock fi find out sey a nuh did one mi did tink sey a one new one from Atlanta…mi nah call har name, she know herself.


Unno done know sey mi no care so mi tell har fi go find a man of har own and lef out fi mi. Yuh know sey she tell me plain sey she not leaving him and all bright enough fi a ask if mi tie him! All a ask a whey mi have suh…fi real, mi pop off a big laugh cause if mi have to go to those lengths then might as well di man gwaan…and mi not even know if dem tings deh work anyway.


Di girl cool as yuh please tell mi it nuh meck nuh sense mi frustrate myself, mi fi just gwaan cook callaloo and green banana gi di man meck she f—k it back outa him.


Well a dey suh mi get bringle and give har a piece a mi mind. Mi tell har sey mi man hardlef mi side and him gi mi round di clock attention and in fact di ongle time him nuh deh sida mi a when wi have one argument and even if him gi har a likkle pitty sort off, she mustn’t get carried away wid it.


In fact mi tell har she nuh inna mi league, suh she must go get a good education and mind di pickney whey she a beg help fah.


Mi nuh haffi tell yuh sey she blow up inna mi ears, but hear wha, she lucky, she caan come inna fi mi league.


Fi real dough, a whey unno duh wid gal whey bright suh?





Scenes from Gully Vs Gaza Party

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Scences from Boasy Tuesdays

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Today's Daily Word - Wednesday, September 23, 2009

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Faith


My faith is strong. I am confident.


If I find myself in a challenging circumstance, I remember to check my perception of the situation. My faith does not lie in the trouble that surrounds me; my faith lies in God. During a dry season, a tree's roots grow deeper to reach water. Likewise, in times of seeming difficulty, my faith grows deeper as I seek connection with God.


I foster faith by focusing my thoughts on God's powerful protection and limitless love. I feel divine love within and all about me. I see any difficult situation through new eyes, and my anxiety disappears. I move through the challenge with grace and ease.


My faith in God is strong, because I know that I am always enfolded in God's peaceful, loving presence.


"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith."--2 Timothy 4:7.Inspired by this message? Want to talk to friends about it? Share your thoughts here.Search past Daily Word messages by date, topic or keyword. Visit the archive.


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Boom Boom will not be on Gully Vs Gaza

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Dancehall artiste Boom Boom will not be among the performers for the advertised Gully vs Gaza scheduled to take place tonight at the Building (formerly Asylum).


According to Boom he was only yesterday asked to perform … that is after the adverts had been running for some time.


Boom says he has prior engagements and as such will not be able to perform. He apologies to his fans who were expecting to see him.





Scenes from Ishawana's Birthday Bash

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Scenes from Wet Sundays

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Scenes from Usain Bolt n Shelly-ann's Party

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Today's Daily Word - Tuesday, September 22, 2009

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A Shift

God guides me through seasons of change in my life.
As autumn begins and temperatures cool, the most noticeable change is a colorful display of leaves. But there is also a shift within me--a sense of fresh energy and excitement.


Visible changes remind me that all is evolving. Seeing God's transformational handiwork in nature triggers in me a deepening awareness of my potential for positive change. I find opportunities to grow closer to God and deeper in spiritual understanding.


Whether the changes I face are minor or monumental, I have the spiritual tools I need to meet them with confidence and faith. With trust in God, I am guided through the changes life brings.


"But I trust in you, O Lord; I say, 'You are my God.'"--Psalm 31:14
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No Fire at Foota Hype's House

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News spread like wildfire Monday evening that the residence of embattled Alliance selector, Foota Hype, had been burnt to the ground, However, it all proved to be nothing more than an unfounded rumour.


All evening into late last night, the selector was kept busy on his phone reassuring concerned family members, friends and fans that "everyting criss".


"Dem shoot up him mother house and now dem start rumour say the youth house burn dung. A pure eediat ting a gwaan," an insider told Yardflex.


"I don't really want to say anything except that is just rumours ... the house is fine," Foota Hype is quoted as saying.


Foota Hype is embroiled in a battle of sorts with deejay Mavado and the two have been publicly airing their grievances. They both hail from the Cassava Piece community known as 'the Gullyside'.


Following the shooting up of Foota Hype's mother's house two weeks ago, the Range Rover belonging to Mavado was reportedly shot up while parked at his upscale Armour Heights residence in upper St Andrew.


In a television interview on the weekend, Foota Hype, who has declared his innocence in that issue, described the alleged shooting up of the vehicle as mysterious.


The selector, however, was subsequently taken into custody on another matter relating to the alleged beating up of a resident from Cassava Piece and charged with assault. After spending a few days behind bars, he was released and appeared in court on Friday for a hearing into the matter.


Foota Hype's bail was extended.







Kingston, Montego Bay and New York are the cities chosen to be part of the celebrations for Gully God Mavado’s birthday. The festivities kick off in Miami at the swanky Opium, Hard Rock Cafe on Sunday October 25th.


With Mavado's international crossover appeal continuing to rise, its fitting that HOT97's Jabba and 99 Jamz' superstar DJ Khaled will be
the hosts of this event that promises a "gullyfull" of surprises as
Mavado and friends celebrate in style.


Stellar sound systems such as Innocent, Black Chiney, Massive B,
1-800-Bungie, Bashment Kid and more have all been confirmed for
October 25th inside Opium, Hard Rock Cafe.


Mavado is currently putting together his third album, due for release early next year, as well as continuing to collaborate with the world's hottest names in music. Having just voiced with Alicia Keys,
Mavado has also just finished recording on a collaboration with new sensation Drake that is sure to set the game on fire when it drops.





Bounty featured on Sheba Sahlemariam Remix

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Hard-hitting deejay Bounty Killer shows his softer, steamier side on a remix of the single, Love this Lifetime, recorded by songstress Sheba Sahlemariam


The Alliance CEO and Sheba, the cousin of Emperor Haile Selassie, have made what is considered a perfect link. Sheba did the song late this year and could not see a more perfect fit to remix this single than the Ground God himself. This project, once again underlines his versatility.


Bounty’s inclusion on the single has brought renewed excitement to the project, with Sheba now in Jamaica to shoot the video for the single.


“Jay Will is director of the Love this Life,” said Sheba.“I know he is going to make a big statement with this video as he has done with so many before. We are hoping it is going to revolutionize how videos are done and with the incorporation of Mr. Price we are looking forward to the end product.”


The video was completed over the weekend and will be ready to air in the coming weeks.








It's official. With almost a quarter-million records already sold outside of the United States, Sean Paul's fourth studio album, Imperial Blaze, is the dancehall superstar's biggest international debut to date.


Imperial Blaze has so far found it's way in 236,000 CD players, with record breaking sales in the reggae-dancehall hungry country of Japan, being RIAA certified gold in France, and top ten releases in Switzerland, Canada, and even as far as the United Arab Emirates.


Sean Paul expressed delight regarding the progress of the album on the international stage. "It's a good feeling and I'm happy - very happy that people like the music, and that they've been going out and getting the album," he said.


The Grammy-winning, platinum selling superstar has been on the road promoting his first album in four years. The work has been paying off, as Imperial Blaze has been setting charts on fire since its August release, and he's particularly proud of the success of the album in Japan.


"Number 1 in Japan is a big achievement for me. I'm especially proud of that, because outside of Jamaica, Japanese people are really the biggest consumers of dancehall music," he said.


Imperial Blaze is also leaving a fiery path on European charts and turning up the heat on radio stations and in clubs. Apart from being certified gold in France Imperial Blaze debuted at #8 in that country, #7 in the United Arab Emirates, #5 in Canada, #4 in Switzerland, #15 in Belgium, #17 in Austria, and #17 in Germany.


It was also the first ever Jamaican album to debut atop the Billboard Rap Charts. The wholly Jamaican produced project debuted atop the Billboard Reggae Charts, #3 on the Hip Hop/R&B Album charts, #12 on the Billboard 200, #9 on the Digital Albums, and #20 on the European Albums chart.


Sean Paul will be touring the world to support the album with his next stop being in Nigeria next week.







Sandals Resorts International (SRI), the operators of the Sandals and Beaches hotels, is looking to enter the corporate hotel sector arena in Kingston, which is dominated by the likes of the Jamaica Pegasus, the Kingston Hilton and the Hendrickson-run Courtleigh Hotel. The hotel will be called Sandals City and will be located on Kingston’s Oxford Road. It will mark a departure from SRI’s very successful all-inclusive concept.


Speaking with Caribbean Business Report from Kingston, SRI chairman Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart said: “We plan to build our own Sandals City hotel on Oxford Road, Kingston. The plans are in the works right now. It will be a corporate hotel with conference and banqueting rooms and a host of other facilities like spas, racquetball courts, tennis courts, gymnasium, you name it.


“I recently had a tour of the newly-opened Spanish Court Hotel and I was most impressed. Christopher Issa has done a marvellous job with it. He has defied the odds because it is a small lot yet he has managed to offer comprehensive facilities. It has the most beautiful pool. Christopher Issa has joined the Hendricksons as a leading corporate hotelier and I hope there is room for us as well.”


Sandals City will be placed where Mas Camp is currently located on Oxford Road. Stewart is of the view that this is a prime location and that the hotel will do well. The Sandals strategy may well be to take advantage of the fact that relative to the rest of the Caribbean, real estate prices are lower in Jamaica. According to the head of Coldwell Banker Jamaica, Andrew Issa, “You get a larger home and a larger lot than you would get in another island for one-fifth of the price.”


Therefore, it makes sense to purchase land now and then look to develop it once this economic and financial depression passes.


The current global crisis has not prevented Sandals from expanding and refining its product. Over the last two years it has developed the Mediterranean Village, a-188-family suites expansion at its Sandals Antigua hotel, and added the Italian Village to Beaches Turks & Caicos with an additional 180 suites with accompanying top class services. Only last month it acquired the Four Seasons in Great Exuma, the Bahamas, which it will now be called Sandals Emerald Bay.





Antoinette Haughton Off Attorneys List

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Attorney Antoinette Haughton-Cardenas has been struck off the roll of attorneys for misappropriating funds from one of her clients.


The Disciplinary Committee of the General Legal Council of Jamaica handed down its ruling last Thursday, following a hearing before a panel of three attorneys two Saturdays ago.


Colleagues of the one-time politician and former radio talk show host reportedly became suspicious after one of her clients complained that she had swindled him out of $2.3 million she had collected on his behalf from a real estate transaction.


The disbarred attorney was represented by Terrence Ballentine.
A legal source indicated that several other complaints against Haughton-Cardenas were before the disciplinary committee.


She is also facing fraud charges in the Corporate Area and St Thomas Resident Magistrate’s Courts.





Foota Hype Response

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Two Saturdays ago Mavado vented Onstage…and said a whole lot of things including the fact that he lent Foota Hype his car and a lot of other things. He even said at time he had helped out Foota Hype’s mother.


Well last Saturday Foota Hype got his moment in the spotlight to vent too and it was a whole different ball game.


Foota said he was the one who “buss” Mavado. He took his music to disc jocks, he was the one who introduced him to top producers and the first big interview he did, he was the one who hooked him up.


He said he didn’t have anything against Mavado and that the man who is referred to as the Gully God had changed.


He said all he asked is that Mavado leave he and his family alone.


Now listening to him it made us realize one thing…they both said said they don’t hate each other…so why is that the two can’t get along?


Oh well, we just have to wonder what the both of them are not saying.





Today's Daily Word - Monday, September 21, 2009

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World Peace


United in divine love, we walk a path of peace.


The words of a familiar song play in my mind as I dedicate myself to being a presence for peace: "Let there be peace on Earth, and let it begin with me."


Love is the foundation for peace. I pause to feel love for myself and for my family, my friends and my community. I further extend love to all people in every culture and country. Peace begins in me and encircles the world. Together we learn to respect one another's differences and know that we are all children of God.


Let us join together in a pilgrimage of peace--one step, one prayer, one act of forgiveness, one outstretched hand at a time. Let us consciously unite in divine love and walk a path of peace.


"Jesus said to them again, 'Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.'"--John 20:21.Inspired by this message? Want to talk to friends about it? Share your thoughts here.Search past Daily Word messages by date, topic or keyword. Visit the archive.


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Today's Daily Word - Sunday, September 20, 2009

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Guidance


Divine guidance moves me to new heights of wisdom and success.


When I seek direction for right thinking or right action, I rely on Spirit to show me the way. In prayer, I affirm guidance. I prepare to receive it by gently sweeping away any fear or doubt. I then imagine light streaming into my mind, illuminating my thoughts, sparking ideas and inspiring me to action.


My guidance comes in various ways: an understanding nudge, an inspired idea, a surprise encounter or a powerful inner knowing. Along with the awareness of what to do comes the ability to do it. I take each step with confidence, knowing divine guidance leads me to new heights of wisdom and success.


"O send out your light and your truth; let them lead me."--Psalm 43:3
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Today's Daily Word - Saturday, September 19, 2009

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In Touch


I am in touch with all of God's blessings.


Today I vow to stay in touch with God and all of God's blessings in my life. I am in touch with family, and I thank God for the valuable contribution each member makes to the whole family.


I am in touch with friends. I bless each of my friends daily and provide companionship, love and prayers for them. I am in touch with the needs of others. I give of myself with my time, energy or resources to aid and support those who need a helping hand.
I am in touch with beauty. I gaze with admiration at a sunrise, count the stars in the sky and give thanks for God's ever-present grandeur. I am in touch with God and all of God's blessings.


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Cheating is a Game

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Bwoy mi a tell yuh when entertainer go fi live it up dem nuh easy at all. But come one man if you know you a sort out a certain waitress a yuh place nuh badda bring nuh warlord ex women and a gi har all a yuh attention. And it neva meck matters worse dat she keep referring to the barmaid as “kuh pon she tuh”.


An a nex ting, she know yuh get yuh groove on wid di bartender and she a duh di same ting wid yuh….suh why she a throw wud pon di odda woman.


Still wi haffi big yuh up fi skillfully keeping the peace and meck sure sey di situation nuh get outa hand.





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Vybz Kartel is officially the Favourite Dancehall Artiste among 15 to 24 year-olds in a study led by Dr Donna Hope Marquis, lecturer in Reggae Studies at the University of the West Indies, Mona (UWI). They also named him the Most Popular Dancehall Artiste Now.


The findings are part of research, funded by the Office of the Principal, through the Special Initiatives Research Fund, on violence and dancehall culture. It was conducted between June and August this year among 300 persons in Kingston, St Andrew, St Catherine and Clarendon.


Kartel was ahead of Mavado in both categories, the 'Gaza' scoring 35.2 per cent to the 'Gully's' 25.8 per cent in response to the question "who is your favourite dancehall artiste?". Kartel's percentage soared to 47.4 per cent in response to the question "who do you think is the most popular dancehall artiste now?", with Mavado's ratings also jumping to 34.4 per cent.


Not surprised


Beenie Man was third in both categories, scoring 23.7 per cent for Favourite Dancehall Artiste, with Bounty Killer and Aidonia tying at 2.1 per cent and Busy Signal scoring 1.7 per cent in that category. Shaggy and Assassin got 1.3 per cent each and Elephant Man scored 0.8 per cent, with Lady Saw, Sanchez, Laden, Queen Ifrica, D'Angel, Javinci, Sizzla, RDX, Black Ryno, Serani, Wayne Marshall and Munga Honourable getting less than half a per cent each in that category.


The 'King of the Dancehall' got 14.2 per cent for his third place in 'Most Popular Dancehall Artiste Now', Busy Signal receiving 1.2 per cent and Bounty Killer 0.8 per cent. Lady Saw, Ninja Man, Javinci, Aidonia and Sizzla scored less than 0.5 per cent each.


The rankings go for both genders, as Hope Marquis told THE STAR, it worked out that about half the persons in the study were male and half female. In addition, the findings apply across various class and educational categories.


Hope Marquis is not surprised about the results, pointing out that she teaches at the UWI and when students' phones ring in class, Kartel is the ringtone of choice. "They like the rebelliousness, the 'carelessness' that comes with Kartel," she said. "They like the idea of rebelling against what is right to their parents. Because they are young and rebellious, they like Kartel."


This popularity translates to earning potential, Hope Marquis said, as this age group has the money to spend. It may come from their earnings, notably for the older ones, or from their family support system.


Outpacing Mavado


Kartel gains 12.2 per cent in the Most Popular Artiste category over his Favourite Dancehall Artiste ranking, outpacing Mavado who has a 8.6 per cent increase. Hope Marquis says "even if some people like Mavado, they still think Kartel is more popular".


"I think the age range has a lot to do with the fact that the top three are so consistent," she told THE STAR. And she says "I know Mavado is more popular among older people. He sings songs that have more depth," she said, commenting on his tone of delivery, while Kartel has a more staccato style.


Still, in her analysis, referring to previous dancehall rivalries , Hope Marquis points out that in both the cases of Ninja Man and Shabba Ranks, as well as Bounty Killer and Beenie Man, "when we examine the dominant dancehall duo in each era, we see that while the most combative artiste gained local respect and immense street credibility, it was his arch-rival who gained immense international attention and the attendant Grammy award(s) - Shabba Ranks in 1992 (As Raw as Ever) and 1993 (X-tra Naked) and Beenie Man in 2001 (Art and Life). The stage is already set to repeat this phenomenon with the Vybz Kartel and Mavado, as Mavado continues to develop and expand his international contacts and collaborations with renowned international artistes".


The overall report on the study is being prepared.





Today's Daily Word - Friday, September 18, 2009

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Divine Love


I do all that I do in love.


Any activity or task can be sacred. Rather than acting absentmindedly, I stay present to the task at hand, and I do it with love.


Whether I'm completing a routine chore or spending time with someone dear, I infuse my words and actions with love. Routine activities are thereby transformed into sacred and meaningful expressions of God.


I focus my attention on one activity at a time, letting God's love move through me as I complete the task. I am thoughtful, centered and at peace.


I approach all activities today from a place of love, feeling and expressing the peace of God.


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Sep 20, 2009 -Kingston, Jamaica: Usain Bolt and his management team have announced that they will host a two day series of activities ending with a one-of-a-kind SuperParty, December 4-5, 2009.


“We want to achieve several objectives”, outlined Norman Peart, Usain’s Manager. “Of course we want to celebrate Usain’s phenomenal 2009 achievements with his friends, family and fans, and we felt that nothing would better represent Usain but a party where he could mingle and have fun with everyone. However our aim in producing this SuperParty goes beyond celebrating Bolts accomplishments, as we now move to a phase where the world sees Usain St Leo Bolt, passionately and responsibly inviting people to visit, party and do business with Jamaica”


The series of events will include a celebrity sports clinic, a celebrity media reception, a visit to Sherwood Content by Usain and his specially invited guests, and will end with a SuperParty that will feature live local and international entertainers, along with guest disc jockeys. The party will host international celebrity athletes who have become friends of Usain, and who he will personally invite, along with his Jamaican team members and other Jamaican athletes, to come celebrate with him.


While the party will be the climax to the event series, Usain is also very excited about the sports clinic that is planned as a part of the activities. “ I have been lucky to be given the chance to meet so many wonderful and talented athletes from all around the world, and I believe that if I can create the opportunity for youngsters to meet , interact and work with top class professional athletes, it will be one of my greatest achievements. I want to invite some of these professionals who I have met, to come to enjoy the weekend with me, and also to spend time with some youngsters, and share their knowledge and experience with them”.


The party will not be just a celebration, but will also be a way to raise funds for charity and community activities. One major activity will be focused in Usain’s hometown. “Currently the medical centre in Sherwood is built on leased land”, Mr. Peart advised, “and there is the possibility that they may be forced to move as the land may go for sale. We want raise funds that can go towards helping with the purchase of the land, so that the centre can have a permanent home, and also be refurbished. Depending on how much we are able to raise we will also funnel funds through the United Way to other worthy charities”.


Turnkey Productions has been appointed by the Usain Bolt management team to produce, manage and market the event. My team which is made up of several top class professionals will be putting the full force of our production and marketing expertise behind the event. We are thrilled to be working with Usain and just like him everything is going to be the best”, expressed Walter Elmore, head of the production company. While details of the entertainers are still to be finalized, Elmore did stress that these will be chosen from the top local and international artistes. “Usain himself will be inviting the celebrities who he would like to attend and believe me the list is exciting” he hinted.


The 9.58 SuperParty will take place on December 5, 2009 at Richmond Estate in St Ann. This venue will provide a beautiful and spacious setting and will be able to offer more than adequate and secure parking. It will also be in close proximity to many hotel rooms which is important as the event is expected to attract many overseas patrons. It’s definitely going to be an event to remember and all are invited to come out and enjoy it while supporting some very worthy causes.






Tami And Wayne To Wed

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According to a report in the Star singer Tami Chynn and dancehall artiste Wayne Marshall will be tying the knot this weekend.


Not much details have been revealed concerning the actual wedding ceremony as the selected few persons who have been told about it have been sworn to keeping information under wraps.


Various efforts by the paper to reach them yield little or no information as Chynn's mobile phones several times but they went unanswered. When asked about the marriage on Monday, Marshall did not deny it, he only laughed and said to call him the following day as he was unable to speak at the time. When he was called yesterday, he said the timing was still bad.


Calls were even made to Chynn's mother, Christine Chin, who did not say much either. "Whatever is happening in Tami's life has to come through Tami, it can't come through me," she said.


A secret.


Sharon Burke, Marshall's manager and Chynn's booking agent, was also unwilling to disclose any information about the wedding, as she made a promise to the couple to keep it a secret. .


When asked about rumours that they were planning to get married this year, Chynn had said no. She however, said that Marshall was someone she would absolutely consider tying the knot with.


Wayne Marshall is known for hits such as I Forgot Them, Marshall In Town and Me By Myself. More recently, he released the video for Good Love, in which Chynn played the role of his companion.





Mark Shield Complete's Tour of Duty With JCF

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Mark Shields the former Deputy Commissioner of Police Mark has officially completed his tour of duty with the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).


Mr. Shields' ended ties with the Force two weeks ago when his short term contract expired.


It is not yet known whether the high profile former Scotland Yard officer will remain in Jamaica or return to Britain.


Mr. Shields' four year contract with the JCF expired on March 31, 2009 and he was later retained on two short term contracts of three months each to pursue cold cases.


He supervised several protracted investigations, including the enquiry into the disappearance of Kemar Walters and Oliver Duncan from a plaza on Washington Boulevard.


Commissioner of Police Rear Admiral Hardley Lewin who defended the decision to offer Mr. Shields' the contracts said it was done in the interest of continuity and to ensure that complex cases are satisfactorily completed.


The duties which were carried out by Mr. Shields now fall under the responsibility of Acting Deputy Commissioner Owen Ellington.







Kingston, Jamaica , September 16, 2009 —Seeing is believing and for first timers it was nothing short of a royal reggae dancehall experience at the Yokohama Reggae SAI music festival in early September to celebrate Mighty Crown's anniversary in the business and the landmark 15th anniversary of the event.


Over 40,000 Japanese fans descended upon the stadium where they were thrilled by a performance by Dancehall legend Barrington Levy. A sea of fans embraced Barrington Levy, as he delivered an impressive set consisting of hits including Here I Come, Murderer, Unda Mi Sensi and Too Experienced. Levy went on to rip Living Dangerously by flawlessly performing Bounty's part. And of course, the crowd went crazy each time Levy dropped his signature scat “didleydidleyooooh”. For Levy, this was an exciting return to Japan after being away for more than 20 years.


Special guest, Half Pint, whose name was kept a secret until the event, gave a wicked performance. Level the Vibes, Crazy, Mr. Landlord, Win Some and the mega hit Greetings, kept the stadium rocking from start to finish.


Mighty Crown, ‘The Far East Rulers’ have elevated Dancehall music and culture in Japan to unprecedented heights, as evidenced by the popularity of Yokohama Reggae SAI festival. The event reached an all-time high when founding Mighty Crown members Master Simon and Sami T took over the stage with a live and direct, 8-round sound clash.


With their claim to fame as a worldwide clashing sound system, no stone was left unturned. The brothers battled, introducing a new theme in each round. They even unleashed video dubs in one round. While Sami played a video dub of Beenie Man that dissed Simon, it was a TOK dub that Simon entrusted to fire back at Sami. The response was great!


Japanese artists Pushim, Ryo the Skywalker and Fire Ball also gave great performances which were well received. Fire Ball surprised the crowd with an end-of-show, special guest Daville. The Jamaican Reggae singer enticed the audience with three of his songs.


“This was another great year of Yokohama Reggae SAI,” said Masta Simon, co-founding member of Mighty Crown. "Each year, the event increases in popularity....drawing more and more fans to experience an international Reggae Dancehall experience. “The awareness of the event is also soaring in Jamaica," added Mighty Crown's manager Garfield "Chin" Bourne of Irish and Chin.


The 15th Yokahama Reggae SAI, Japan's largest Reggae music concert, went out in style with a spectacular fireworks display.






Maad!!! Foota Deh A Road Again!!!

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Hype selector Foota Hype, who spent almost one week behind bars at the Constant Spring lock-up in Kingston has been out on bail since Monday.


“Maaaaad, me deh a road again!!! Maaaadd,” is how Foota describes his release in a message on his myspace page.


The selector is to answer to assault charges in court on Friday, resulting from an incident in the Cassava Piece community, from which both Foota and the reputed Gully God Mavado hail. Both Foota Hype and Mavado, who were once friends have been at odds for sometime now, and supporters of both have joined in the fight.


It is alleged that Foota Hype, assaulted a resident of Cassava Piece, the community popularly referred to as the "Gullyside".


The incident was reported to the Constant Spring police, who subsequently picked up the selector and arrested and charged him for assault.


Interestingly, however, Foota Hype’s mother’s house in Cassava Piece was allegedly shot up the week before the incident, but so far no one has been arrested and charged.


Foota, since his release, has been keeping under the radar, perhaps for his own safety.





Today's Daily Word - Thursday, September 17, 2009

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Gifts


I am richly blessed with the gifts of Spirit.


Looking beyond the temporary satisfaction of material gifts, I recognize that the greatest gifts in life are not diamonds or gold, but pearls of wisdom, strength of Spirit and divine love. I open myself to a greater awareness of these true riches.


In the flow of God's limitless supply, I gratefully receive and share these blessings with others. As I do, they multiply and return to me. I am joy-filled in living a God-centered life and sharing spiritual gifts.


I rejoice as I experience God's love, grow in divine wisdom and express my inner strength. I am richly blessed by the gifts that matter most.


"Now there are varieties of gifts ... but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone."--1 Corinthians 12:4, 6
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OJ for Usain Among Other Honours

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World sprint record holder, Usain Bolt, will be inducted into the Society of the Order of Jamaica (OJ).


This was announced by Prime Minister, the Hon. Bruce Golding, during Parliament's sitting yesterday (September 15).


"When so conferred he will, at 23 years, be the youngest ever recipient of the Order of Jamaica and will be referred to as the Honourable Usain Bolt. Cabinet yesterday approved the appointment of Mr. Bolt as Ambassador-at-Large and he will be afforded full diplomatic status," explained Mr. Golding.


The Prime Minister also said that government will rename Highway 2000 the Usain Bolt Highway, in honour of "this extraordinary, gifted son of Jamaica."


Leader of the Opposition, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, said she supported the decision by the government for the World Champion to be granted full diplomatic status, as he is an inspiration to the children of the world.


The Prime Minister said the government is determined to build up the achievements of the athletes by using a strategy designed around two critical objectives. "We will provide the infrastructural and institutional support to enhance the performance of our athletes, that will enable many more Jamaicans to become world class athletes and to fully exploit the multi-faceted benefits that can be derived from our recognized status as a country of athletic prowess," he said.


Mr. Golding pointed out that the Ministries of Youth, Sports and Culture; Industry, Investment and Commerce and Tourism as well as their related agencies are collaborating in the development of the strategy. He said more details will be provided in due course.





Usain Bolt Described as National Inspiration

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Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Hon. Olivia Grange, has described Olympic and world sprint record holder, Usain Bolt, as a national inspiration, who has transformed athletics.


"Usain you confound us, but we love it because you give us hope; you are a national inspiration (and a) patriotic Jamaican. You have transformed track and field; you have transformed athletics, and what really makes it great is that Usain is Jamaican born, Jamaican raised, Jamaican trained - he is a home boy," Miss Grange said, during a press conference, held at the Terra Nova All-Suites Hotel in Kingston, on September 14, as part of Usain Bolt's scheduled activities on his arrival in the island.


The Minister noted further that Usain exemplifies hard work and the best of Jamaican talent, adding that the nation "celebrates the return of the most successful athlete we have produced and the greatest the world has ever seen. Usain, we are very proud of what you have done for Jamaica."


Leader of the Opposition, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, echoed the sentiments of the Minister, noting that the historical performances by Usain Bolt, "have given the country more reason to celebrate than any other recent set of events."


"Usain's athletic prowess has held enthusiasts and observers alike spell bound as he rewrites record books over and over again, while an ecstatic world watches in amazement and celebration. In moments like these, it will be easy for us to focus only on the victories, we must however, take the time to acknowledge the processes that make these victories possible," Mrs. Simpson Miller said.


She said it is clear that Usain is a product of a strong family background - one in which the virtues of discipline, respect and humility have been instilled in him by his parents and relatives. She also praised his teachers for preparing him well and his coach and manager for sharpening his skills and talents.


The Opposition Leader also lauded the "world class" performances of the nation's athletes during the recent International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), World Championships, in Berlin, Germany.


"As a country, we can be proud of our consistent support for the development of sport as an integral part of national growth and development. We must now make the necessary investments, legislation and international treaties to ensure that our athletes do not only enjoy the winning of medals, but also in the business opportunities generated by their hard work and performance," Mrs. Simpson Miller said, adding that this consistent investment could also reap success in other areas of national life.


Usain Bolt's manager, Norman Peart, said that Usain's schedule for the next six weeks is a mixture of rest, relaxation, and some committed events, aimed at consolidating his brand in the local, regional and international markets.


He noted that the management team and Turn Key Productions are to collaborate to stage a super party from December 3 to 5, that will be used as a major contributor to a few of the charities Usain Bolt supports.


Mr. Peart informed that Usain's management team launched the athlete's official website: www.usainbolt.com in early July and that the response has been tremendous. He further informed that the management team has been boosted with the introduction of sports journalist, Carole Beckford, as a publicist.





Wasn’t Me!

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Yeah man, mi caan tell unno how mi heart a buss wid pride inna wi bi international runner dem, especially Usain Bolt. Well mi have a piece a drama fi share wid unno and all now mi caan stop laugh.


Fi real a doan know if it is a blessing or a curse how mi can stuck wid some friend whey life nuh stop surround wid drama. Fi real.


Mi peeps from New York suspect that har husband a get sort out from another woman. So she never do anything but meck him believe she a guh stay long a Miami. She pack har bag and leave, and tell him dat he will see har the Monday.


The husband now believing that him have the whole weekend to himself, just find himself over by the sweetheart house.


By this time my friend pull a fast one and returned the same night. It never hard to find the address for her matey, cause one look on the phone bill, show the same number a pop up all over the place.


She just teck a cab and go a di house. She coulda knock from now till a mawning, no one answered, so she just teck out har cell phone and call the fire department that the house is on fire.


When the fire truck come and siren a go off like mad, she just find har way to har husband car, cause him did park bout six blocks from the house.


After him crawl out one of the window and hurriedly come a him car fi escape before anyone discover that he was in the house…him si mi friend cool as cucumber a lean gainst the car a wait pon him.


Would you believe the man start sey a neva him in the house and how she must think that! Him pull a fast Shaggy and no matter what my friend say, him still a keep to the one theme “it wasn’t me!”


My friend nah while him...time will tell!





Today's Daily Word - Wednesday, September 16, 2009

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Rest


Aware of the Christ within, I am at peace.


While there may be much to do today, I take a few moments to rest in the awareness of the Christ Spirit within that encourages and strengthens me. As a spiritual leader, Jesus often invited others to rest and release any heavy burden so they could experience the peace of God.


My divine nature, the Christ of my soul, is always available to relieve my burdens and bring me peace. Turning inward, I breathe deeply and release any worries that may be on my mind.


The Christ presence within guides me and helps me to grow and learn. Any sense of feeling overwhelmed is gone. I am refreshed, focused and prepared to do what is mine to do.


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Jamaican Playwriter Trevor Rhone Is Dead

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Well known Jamaican playwright Trevor Rhone died this afternoon.Rhone who was born in 1940 is a writer and playwright who began his theatre career as a teacher after a three year stint at Rose Bruford College, an English drama school. He was part of the renaissance of Jamaican theater in the early 1970's.


Rhone participated in a group called Theatre '77, which established The Barn, a small theater in Kingston, Jamaica to stage local performances.


Among his works is the script to The Harder They Come, a 1972 crime film, which was instrumental in popularizing reggae in the US. He also wrote the script for the 2003 romance One Love.


In July 2007, Trevor Rhone is awarded 3rd place of the top 100 all time black screen icons in the past 100 years.


Among his popular plays are Smile Orange, Two Can Play, Old Story Time and the film Milk and Honey.


Yardflex sends our condolence to his friends and family





Scenes from Usain Bolt's Arrival

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Welcome Home Usain

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Triple Olympic and world champion Usain Bolt returned home yesterday after a long grueling stint on the road that saw him breaking two more world records.


He was met at the airport by dignitaries including the Prime Minister Hon Bruce Golding, the opposition leader Portia Simpson-Miller, the Sports Minister Babsy Grange among others.


Some of his Trelawny homies were disappointed as the international track star was whisked away before they could show their love and appreciation to him.


At a press conference held at the airport, Usain said he may try the long jump…but not any time soon.


"I want to try the long jump before I retire, maybe five years from now. As for the 400 meters, that is out," Bolt added to laughter.


The 23-year-old was still undecided over whether or not to compete at next year's world indoor championship and Commonwealth Games.


"I have never competed at an indoor meet before and I have never competed at the Commonwealth Games, so I will see what my coach has in store for me and then decide," Bolt said.


Bolt, who frequently talks about his diet and his comfort food cravings, said he was looking forward to some pork on this trip home.


"Since I landed here I told my helper (housekeeper) to make sure that she cooks some pork for me," he said.


"I am anxious to enjoy some really good pork."


Yardflex joins those who welcome Usain Bolt home…may he continue to go from strength to strength…to di world!





Patrick Swayze Dies

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Actor Patrick Swayze died peacefully yesterday, surrounded by his family. The actor who gave millions pleasure in the movies Dirty Dancing and Ghost, had "Pancreatic Cancer".


Swayze first found fame in the early 1980s in the adaptation of a teen novel, S.E. Hinton's The Outsiders. A trained dancer, Swayze became a cinema heartthrob and Golden Globe award nominee with 1987's Dirty Dancing and reached the height of his fame and acclaim three years later in the romantic film Ghost.


He worked steadily in films over the next two decades, transitioning into smaller character roles.


Swayze first announced his illness in March 2008. Pancreatic cancer is a particularly deadly form of cancer; fewer than five percent of people diagnosed with it survive five years.


Swayze worked long after his diagnosis, starring in a television program called The Beast that ran for one season in 2008 and 2009.





Mavado Talk Up Di Tings

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The other night on Onstage Mavado spoke about his relationship with Foota Hype and addressed the allegation that he shot up Foota Hype’s mom house.


“Why Foota nuh talk di truth sey him move outa di area and lef him madda…mi move and tek my family wid mi,” Mavado told Winfred Williams.


He also said he has always treated Foota as a friend, but Foota “badmind”. He said he drove a great distance to do a show for Foota in Miami and by the time Foota leave to do a show in New York he was badmouthing Mavado.


The DJ referred to as the "gully god" said, he had no idea why Foota was doing that. He even said he took back a car he had given to his cousin just so he could give it to Foota Hype to drive.


“Why would I try to do Foota madda anything,when nuff time she send and beg mi fi help, mi always help har out.”


Well, that’s Mavado’s story…we hope Winford will have Foota on his programme Saturday…we would love to hear what he has to say.





Today's Daily Word - Tuesday, September 15, 2009

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Healing


I am a whole and holy being, an expression of divine perfection.


When I look in the mirror, am I able to see my body as a beautiful, unique, divine creation? Or am I only noticing what I perceive as flaws? If I focus on a problem or illness, I lose sight of the divine energy within each cell of my body. This innate power can transform any apparent challenge into an experience of radiant health and wholeness.


I accelerate the healing process by visualizing each part of my body functioning perfectly. I see divine energy bringing wholeness to every cell. I transcend any limitation as I hold to the truth of my being--I am a whole and holy being, an expression of divine perfection.


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A Nuh Straight People Kill di British Consul Man!!

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What a way dem a try mek it look like say a straight people kill di British Consul man "John Terry",Yeh! di british who dem find dead di other day. Di foreign press fi stop these tings. Dem fi stop smear,Jamaican's wid di nastiness. Everybody know di man did gay and a one a im luva kill im. A nuh hate crime;it was a crime of passion,and di police know it to. A just true dem nuh really want to come out and say it.






Homophobia Theory Over Jamaican Consul's Murder

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(The UK Guardian published the following story online on Friday.)


A British honorary consul in Jamaica who was strangled inside his home in a possible homophobic attack was likely to have known his killer, police on the Caribbean island said yesterday.


The body of John Terry, 65, was discovered by his gardener wrapped in a sheet in a bedroom at his home near St James, on the north-west coast of the island and near Montego Bay, Jamaica's second biggest city and a major tourist destination. The New Zealand-born father of two had lived in Jamaica for more than 40 years.


Results of a postmortem examination showed that Mr Terry had been strangled with a ligature and also suffered head injuries, the Jamaica constabulary force said. Reports at the time Mr Terry's body was found, on Wednesday afternoon, said he was throttled with a piece of cloth and that he had been beaten with a blunt object, possibly a table lamp.


While police have yet to name a suspect or publicly identify a motive, some reports said a note found near Mr Terry's body referred to him as a "batty man", homophobic slang for a homosexual man. Homophobia is rife on the island and attacks on gay men and lesbians are common, according to human rights groups. Police confirmed the existence of a note but declined to discuss its content.


Mr Terry, who reportedly separated from his wife three years ago, had spent decades working in Jamaica's tourism industry and was made an MBE in 1992. At the time of his death he was the maintenance manager for a tourist hotel in Montego Bay.


He had been the British honorary consul for the west of Jamaica for 13 years, a voluntary post assisting Britons in difficulty and acting as a link with local communities.


Detectives believe Mr Terry was likely to have known his killer as there were no signs of a break-in at his house. Some items, among them a mobile phone, had been taken, but it is thought this could have been an attempt to make the incident look like a robbery gone wrong.


"There are no new developments up to this time but we believe, however, that the person who murdered Mr Terry was close to him," Detective Superintendent Michael Garrick told the Jamaica Gleaner newspaper.


Neighbours said a young man seen leaving Mr Terry's house late on Tuesday had asked how he could get transport to the centre of Montego Bay.


Karl Angell, a spokesman for the police, said he could not comment on this or the possible homophobic motive. "The investigators are still doing their work. For now we have nothing more to say," he said.


The Foreign Office said it was not aware of a reason for the attack. "Our sympathy is with the family at this difficult time," a statement said. "Jamaican police are investigating the circumstances of his death and we're in close touch with them."


The foreign secretary, David Miliband, said Mr Terry would "greatly missed". He said: "Honorary consuls like John play a valuable role in our work overseas and this was especially true of John, who helped many, many British visitors to Jamaica over the years."


Several voluntary groups paid tribute to Mr Terry for his charitable work.


Jamaica's murder rate is one of the world's highest. Gay people on the island, where male homosexual acts remain a criminal offence, say they are regularly targeted for abuse or violence, and tourists can sometimes be targeted. In 2006, two US television producers were beaten with tyre irons by a homophobic mob.





Where's the Fada?

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But a what really happen to Monsignor Albert? Where him deh? Why him not inna him parish uppa Sligoville? More questions than answers.





Beenie Man kicks off NA Tour

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The Legend Returns is the title of deejay Beenie Man’s North American tour which is put together by Ultimate Entertainment.ca and Chris Hines Entertainment in association with Moses Davis Entertainment.


The deejay launched the Canadian leg of the tour Friday in Toronto and will perform several shows across Canada and the USA hitting markets like Ottawa, Montreal, Vancouver, Edmonton, Aspen, San Diego.


According to reports out of Canada, the highly anticipated show at The Big Sexy in Oshawa, Ontario on Saturday was very well received. “The turnout was good and there were a lot of mature people at the venue,” one insider stated. “And you know it’s Beenie and the people love him as he is a great entertainer,” he added.


Backed by Red Flame Sound featuring Lindo P, Beenie Man is scheduled to meet fans on Monday at Fluid Lounge with Canada's top DJ's such as Scratch and P-Plus. The tour also marks the return of Red Flame Sound who has been away from the Dancehall scene for 10 years.


The Oshawa show at the Big Sexy featured opening acts Ammoye, whose debut single Lost Love continues to be the most requested independent Reggae single on Flow 93.5FM. Reggae artiste Shalli will be the additional opening act.





A how Vegas so miserable?

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Really and truly now, a how Mr Vegas so miserable? From him sign up fi a Twitter account all him can do a complain, every single day him find something new fi complain bout. If dem do a top ten miserable artiste a him fi go a number one.The man just bitch, bitch, bitch all day long, and all night long as well.



We did really hear say none a him baby madda dem don't live wid him ... and now we know why. Him just love find too much fault. A wonder if that’s why him just a move back and forth from manager to manager so? Anyway, we glad say him have three boys now fi tek care a dem sister. And we glad say him nah have no more youth till him married. (All on Twitter.)



But him fi ease off a di complain ting , it don't sound good. Especially when him go hard and cuss off Irie Jamboree people good and proper and next day him deh pon dem truck inna Labour Day Parade pon Eastern Parkway. Vegas, people a go start say dem punk you out. Cause we hear say Jamboree people dem all run you off a dem truck and dat dem a plan fi ban you song dem. But we nah watch that. Cause a just music. Right Vegas?





Scenes from Elephant Man's Birthday Bash

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Today's Daily Word - Monday, September 14, 2009

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Back to School

I embrace new opportunities to learn and grow.


The smell of new crayons and freshly sharpened pencils may remind me of the excitement I felt on the first day of a new school year. Now when I begin a new book or project, I may feel that same kind of anticipation.


As a lifelong learner, I gratefully acknowledge that every day presents opportunities to keep learning and to share insights with others. As I grow in understanding, learn new skills and try fresh approaches, my knowledge expands.


I give thanks for all those who teach, guide and support students on new paths. I affirm that God's wisdom and understanding are active within them.


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Today's Daily Word - Sunday, September 13, 2009

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Appreciation

I give thanks for the presence of unconditional love.


When I think about the people who have influenced my life, my thoughts may turn to a grandparent. Having a grandparent is a true blessing, and being a grandparent is a great joy.


Whether through biology or family choice, this is a one-of-a-kind relationship. Grandparents share their time and wisdom and instill a sense of stability in the lives of their families.


The love of a grandparent is akin to the unconditional love of God. Just as a child is enfolded in a grandparent's love, I am enfolded in God's love, which guides and supports me. Divine love is my anchor, my rock, my assurance of support and protection.


"See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are."--1 John 3:1
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Scenes from Digicel Rising Stars

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Kartel Insults UTECH Students

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UTECH students are really upset about a comment made by Vybz Kartel during his performance at a fete at UWI on Friday, September 4, 2009.


Kartel stated “UWI a di university this of the west indies, yu zimi, dats why wi seh UWI Doh? cause if yu did seh UTECH, dat mean seh you tek b**dy innah yu b**ty”.


The UTECH students are not amused and are demanding an apology from the DJ. Curiosity and uneasiness are some of the expression that have been aroused as the students awaits for the 'GAZA' DJ to do this.





Brown Sugar is the 2009 Digicel Rising Star winner

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Friday night proved to no surprise as Digicel Rising Star contestant Brown Sugar walked away with the top prize of $1M. After Adena Myrie was voted off it made the runnings easier for the singer. Second placed Princess Tia received $600,000 among other prizes.


Dubbed as the 'sweet one' out of Montego Bay, Brown Sugar, went in as the overwhelming favourite. A very emotional Brown Sugar had tears running down her cheeks when she collected her cash prize of one million dollars.


Her impressive journey started back in June, at the very first live studio performance show, and though her victory was something many had predicted, she was at a lost for words, saying "It is the most significant time of my life."


There were times when she felt as if she would be eliminated, and there were also times when she dreaded the thought of facing Judge Anthony Miller.


"So much had happened. I still feel like I'm dreaming," she said. And why not? Brown Sugar has now claimed the top spot of being the 2009 Digicel Rising Star winner, she is a million dollars richer, in addition to having several other fantastic prizes at her disposal.





Trilla U Born Again

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Reggae singer and a member of LUST singing group Trilla U got baptized six days after his wife was shot and injured and his daughter killed.


He was quoted in Chat! as saying “This world has blinded us to the realities of life and we are not really seeing what we need to see.”


The singer said when he saw his wife lying there, he understood the full nature of what took place. He said God became clear to him when his wife who was practically dead for 16 hours came out of it.


Although he has been baptized the singer will still continue singing with LUST as he says they have not been doing any nasty songs…they will however, be adding some gospel songs to the mix.


“I want to tell others to always look to God…no matter what. In the midst of tragedy look to him because He will help you through,” were his encouraging words in the weekend tabloid.





Today's Daily Word - Saturday, September 12, 2009

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Animal Blessing

I celebrate life in all its expressions.


The words of a favorite hymn remind me to behold the wonder of animals as they contribute to wisdom and balance in the world:


"All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small, all things wise and wonderful: the Lord God made them all."


Watching the antics of a frisky kitten or a rambunctious puppy, I am reminded to play and enjoy myself. Seeing a dog visit patients at a health care facility reminds me to affirm healing by my very presence. A service animal guiding a sight-impaired individual shows me the value of helping others.


I appreciate and bless all animals by celebrating the sacredness of life in all its diverse expressions.


"God made the wild animals of the earth of every kind. ... And God saw that it was good."--Genesis 1:25
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Hottie Hottie of the Week

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Today's Daily Word - Friday, September 11, 2009

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Comfort


Divine love is my comfort in an ever-changing world.


Every day I am reminded that things of the world are temporary, but things of the Spirit are eternal. The Earth has changed over the eons, but God is unchanging. God is Life, the essence of life in all. God is Love, encompassing all the love that has ever been.


Turning within I find the constant, eternal love of God is my constant comfort. No matter what happens in the external world, within my heart is a place of peace, untouched. I close my eyes, take a deep cleansing breath and become aware of this quiet place. No matter where I am or what is happening around me, I am comforted by the One Love that is always here.


"Let your steadfast love become my comfort according to your promise to your servant."--Psalm 119:76
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Scenes from Weddy Weddy

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Scenes from"THE HARDER THEY COME"

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Congrats Junior Gong

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Yardflex would like to congratulate Damian 'Junior Gong'Marley on the birth of his first child, Elijah Marley.We do wonder if he will grow up to continue in the musical tradition of his father, grandfather and uncles?





Today's Daily Word - Thursday, September 10, 2009

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World Day of Prayer

Reach in. Reach out. We can change the world.


The spirit of God enfolds and infills me as a living, loving presence in my heart and mind. Spirit expresses through every aspect of my being, transforming my thoughts, shaping my words and inspiring my actions.


As I reach in to unite with the presence of God, I pray to be shown how to love more, how to give more, how to be more. Guided through prayer, I reach out to make a difference in the lives of others. I contribute to the good of all through loving action. I give of myself openly and generously.


As I reach in to connect with my Source and reach out to serve God and others more fully, I am helping to create a better world.


"They are to do good, to be rich in good works, generous, and ready to share ... so that they may take hold of the life that really is life."--1 Timothy 6:18, 19.Inspired by this message? Want to talk to friends about it? Share your thoughts here.


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Foot Hype Troubles Continue

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Yesterday (Wednesday) sound system selector "Foota Hype" was arrested by the Constant Spring Police surrounding the beating of a Cassava Piece resident.


According to our source Foota was already at the station trying to enlist the police help in getting his mother out of the area when a complainant turned up to make a report. Upon seeing Foota he identified him as one of the men that assaulted him.


Foota was arrested but our last link with our source late last night indicate he had still not been charged.


Yardflex will keep you posted on this one.





Boasy Tuesdays

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Scenes from Uptown Mondays

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Unicorn ‘mash up’ Boasy Tuesdays

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When the dust was settled at Boasy Tuesdays it was Unicorn who was reportedly carted away to the police station, perhaps to face charges.According to unconfirmed reports, the weekly session on Lyndhurst Road in Kingston was running smoothly when the artiste and a selector got into an argument.


“Unicorn did want dem to play him tune dat him a promote and dem never want to play it and so him mek a move pon dem,” one patron reported.


Unicorn is alleged to have ‘bottled’ the selectors at the session.
Another version is that the artiste, who has been having an altercation with Money Goddess Macka Diamond over a song on which they collaborated, confronted Macka’s people at Boasy Tuesdays and a fight started.


“Mi just see like a stampede and people start run up and down,” a source who was at the dance reported.
Other reports are that shots were fired in the air, allegedly by the police, in an attempt to restore order.


Efforts to get in contact with Unicorn proved futile as he was reportedly still at the police station.





Christina Milian ties the knot in Vegas

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It’s another jungle fever romance as singer Christina Milas tied the knot with music producer The Dream in Las Vegas last week. According to TMZ the couple opted for a small midnight wedding at the legendary Little White Wedding Chapel -- the same place Britney Spears married Jason Alexander back in 2004.


Milian reportedly rented a $200 wedding dress for the occasion and The Dream rented his tux for $100. Their wedding plans were under speculation since last month when they applied for a marriage license.





Today's Daily Word - Wednesday, September 9, 2009

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Harmony

I am in harmony with God's beautiful world. A summer bouquet may include an assortment of flowers in a rainbow of colors. The variety makes the whole bouquet even more beautiful.I realize I am one flower in the wondrous bouquet of humanity. Without judging or comparing myself to others, I enjoy the unique beauty in all of us.


I am a divine expression of God and so is everyone else. As I value our commonalities and our differences, I experience harmony.I relax into knowing that I am loved and that I have a unique contribution to make.


As I learn to love myself, I am at peace--with myself and others. Living in peace, I am in harmony with God's beautiful world.


"The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come."--Song of Solomon 2:12


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Beenie and Bounty meet in New York

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Big up to Beenie Man and Bounty Killer who worked a good set in New York at the Roseland Ballroom in Manhattan on Saturday, September 5.


Inspite of all the passa pass and mix up taking place on the Jamaican front, both are smart enough to realize that that kind of behavior will not do on the international level. Yeah, Bounty did still throw some words on artistes who weren’t there but for the most part he was super cool and the crowd loved him. Beenie too was a hit as was expected and by the time he was through he had shown everyone why after all this time in the business, he is still very much in demand





Foota Hype fears for his life

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Selector Foota Hype now have reasons to believe that his life may be in danger. This stems from an internal war that has been brewing between himself and the Alliance…more particularly David Brooks aka Mavado.


Indications are that it could lead to gun violence. According to reports last week Saturday Foota Hype said he was on his phone talking to his mother, Doreen, when gunshots rang out in the background. His mother screamed, and his blood ran cold.


The selector was quoted as saying “Me and her did a reason when it happen, pure gunshot. Mi lose 10 pound same time, mi shoes full a water, mi head swell up, mi tun eediat and mi drive go round de. Mi mother a bawl, mi just happy say she never got shot, mi mother house shot up and she no dead, mi just haffi thank God,” he said.


Foota Hype said he knew who perpetrated the act, and that person is
aligned to certain factions within the community.


“We know who do it and who that person is affiliated to. 50 persons
say him no know bout it and 50 persons say he knows about it, but if
that is the case, why not cut all ties to the people who give you a
bad name.”


The selector vented his feelings on another website as he stressed that they were trying to intimidate him by getting to his mother. But according to him that tatics won’t work as he says “The Gully ah mine. I was born on the block. Me strengthen him, and mek him into a full grown giant. Now him want to crush who mek him ah eat. We ah go see if God ah allow that to happen.”


The stakes have been raised considerably especially in light of police reports that Mavado’s apartment uptown was shot up on Monday night.


“Somebody call me from foreign and tell me that it happened. Last
night, I went to Uptown Mondayz and mi wrath. Mi talk mi mind, because my defence is music, I am not a gunman, I can’t afford to buy guns and bullets. Him call himself the Gully Gaad, but mi ah leave everything to God. If me live fi live, mi ah go live.”


The other day Yardflex columnist pleaded for peace in the business…seems as if we will have to reiterate that call.





Stop meck man mess unno up

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Now straight up, mi love how wi athletes dem meck wi proud. Mi did kinda gawn endz out a Berlin and den mi stop a one a mi peeps a England, so mi just a touch back di rock and as usual unno know mi have si nting fi gripe bout.



Now mi a share something bout one a mi friend whey a guh thru one hard time wid a deportee and fi tell di truth mi nuh know why she nuh just pull di plug and lef di damn man alone.



She guh look bout visa fi him and every ting and before all that paper work did come tru she and him pudding one piece a fight cause dis woman call him bout 4:30 inna dim awning and den again bout 6:30 and him gwaan like him slick and shi find out sey sinting fishy. Di nex’ ting yuh know big fight buss and him mash up har face, beat har bad and she all did haffi get stitchies.



But how she guh back afta dat mi nuh know yah man. Suh dis time she a look bout fi collect him visa and a woman a call embassy and meck dem know sey him a deportee and bere tings. Mi nuh know how de hottaclaps work out, but mi know sey di girl a claim sey she pregnant fi him. And when mi friend use di same Yardflex site fig uh check some pictures from way back and compare to one whey recently posted she look heavy a way. So dat could be true.



Di man now a claim sey a nuh him alone did a deal wid di girl him sister used to slap har tuh!



But mi neva s idem level a mix up yet inna mi life…but a whey fi mi friend really get herself mix up inna sah?



Pon top a it, di man have one piece a bad luck tuh yuh si but dat nuh strange cause mi friend sey a cause him use har tuh much and still a fool roun di skettel dem. After she live har live a certain way and nuh mix up, him waan come bring har dung wid dem deh kind a people, plus to meck matters wuss him a have unprotected sex wid dem tuh and a put har at risk.



Di ongle question mi waan ask is, when woman a guh have sense and stop meck use dem suh?





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Scenes From Wet Sundehz

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Three cases of H1H1 at UWI

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h1n1.jpgThe University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona has confirmed that all cases of Influenza A (H1N1) virus discovered so far have been among those students living on the campus.



Dr. Blossom Anglin-Brown, Director of Health Services at the UWI has disclosed that the number of confirmed cases remained at three.



She said the UWI is trying to determine how the virus was spread as only one of the three infected students had travelled outside the country.



According to the university health official, so far 105 students have so presented with flu like symptoms.



Health authorities are now trying contain the spread and to educate our community about the virus. We have also cancelled all social events and some orientation activities as these involve a large number of students.





Toll fee raise without warning

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toll booth.jpgMotorist had a rude awakening on Saturday as they head to the toll booth. Instead of the usual $230, $310 and $560 fee they saw a new figure of $270, $370 and $700. Now really we think it was total disrespect to take motorist off guard like that. But then again maybe if some had known they wouldn’t have bothered to take the toll road. I think it’s time that motorist send a message to demand respect…they should leave the toll authority with the road all by their lonesome selves.



It should only be used on those rare occasions when people are “treating themselves” to an easy cruise.



Those figures are ridiculously high and if you multiply that by two for the day and then by five for the week, then that’s a mighty lot of money that could have gone to the gas that is going on the toll road.



With motorist still taking the road as if there was no price increase, no wonder every government entity is pressuring them, they obviously must feel that they have it like that.



Only in Jamaica where people are so divided they can’t even come together for a common cause. Why not carry out a mass boycott on some of the things that are raising without mercy for about a few months and sit back and see the changes





daily 5.jpgI choose to express the song in my heart.


This God-given day is filled with opportunity. But how I experience the day is up to me. My experiences will reflect the song I choose to sing.
I can perceive my day as being like a broken record, filled with the same activities and expectations. If I expect nothing different, if I sing that same old song, that is what I will experience.
On the other hand, I can choose to create a day that expresses the unique song in my heart. This song is one of love for both myself and others. It is a song of anticipation and an affirmation of the good I perceive and create in the world and in myself.
Rejoicing in the life of God within and around me, I let my heart sing!


"O sing to the Lord a new song."--Psalm 96:1
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AIDONIA ADDRESSES BOUNTY & RIDDIMSTREAM ALLEGATIONS

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aidonia 1.jpgAmidst a bevy of allegations that has the streets buzzing, dancehall artiste Sheldon Lawrence better known as Aidonia is now attempting to clear his name and add some clarity to the malicious accusations by unscrupulous personnel to taint his character.



It’s understood that following utterances made by the deejay at this Summer's Fullyloaded, where he said "Big up Bounty Killer", many have now taken it as a foregone conclusion that Aidonia has rejoined the ranks of the Alliance and is now the new ghostwriter responsible for the Bounty Killer diss tracks aimed at Vybz Kartel.



However Aidonia said he wants to make it clear to the public that though he respects the warlord for his contribution to the industry, he is not a part of the Alliance movement nor is he a Ghostwriter for the cross, angry deejay. "mi nuh know weh people get it fi say mi write song fi Killer fi diss Kartel ... mi even see it pon a site seh mi attack Kartel, I have nothing against Bounty nor Kartel, if the two ah dem feuding that is not my concern, a mi co-workers dem and I wish dem nothing but the best, right now a just music mi seh and J.O.P a that a my focus". - He added.






mr vegas.jpg 1. bye the damn cow sorry for all the bad words twitters but i am fed up with being looked at like a punkabout 12 hours ago from mobile web
2. while i am here following old f---king mith about humble calf suck the most milk bullshit I been getting kicked over too long nowabout 12 hours ago from mobile web
3. i am too f--king humble in this business thats why killa and kartel and mavado them guh through they just dont give a fuck.contabout 12 hours ago from mobile web
4. no wonder dancehall music is dying how the fuck all these lame ass mother fucker get to perform on jamborie and i dont get to are you .contabout 12 hours ago from mobile web





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Today's Daily Word - Sunday, September 6, 2009
Inner Peace
I am one with God. I am one with infinite peace.
A sleeping infant is a picture of peace, a precious creation of God. We are all God's precious creations, designed with unlimited capacity to express peace.
In a difficult or unsettling time, I may become distracted, forgetting who I really am. If I am focused on worries or anxious about tomorrow, I may feel restless and uneasy.
Yet the indwelling peace of God has not left me. In a moment of prayer or meditation, I may return to my true nature. As I turn to the spirit of God within, I rediscover my inner strength and my innate center of peace.
As an expression of God, I find that I can be calm, serene and secure in every circumstance. I am one with infinite peace.
"Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you."--Philippians 4:9





Scenes From Fresh Fridayz

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Scenes From Bembe

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daily 1.jpgI take time to replenish my mind, body and spirit.
Like plants that need sunshine and nutrients to flourish, I, too, need to replenish my mind, body and spirit. If my energy seems to fade or a healing challenge arises, I welcome the opportunity for physical and spiritual renewal.
In quiet time, I acknowledge God as the source of healing life. As I relax, my connection with the spirit of God within grows stronger. I visualize my cells and tissues expressing new energy and my entire being revitalized.
I come away from this time of reflection refreshed, giving thanks for the renewal of my mind, body and spirit.
"In all your ways acknowledge him ... It will be a healing for your flesh and a refreshment for your body."--Proverbs 3:6, 8





Gays can’t stop Buju’s tour

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buju-banton_picnik.jpgBuju Banton’s Rasta Got Soul US Tour will begin September 12 in Philadelphia, and over 30 dates have been confirmed. This despite a few cancellations which resulted from pressure from gay rights loby groups.


“We are definitely playing and we are working to replace the canceled dates,” Buju’s publicist said.


The team notes that is primarily concerned with setting the record straight on the inaccurate portrait of Buju being painted by certain organisations.





Ele send back Flossing King money

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flippa mafia.jpgFlippa a say a just lyrics and him and Ele no have no war, but it look like Ele a pree di ting different. Cause him send back the deposit money wha him did tek fi do Flippa show a Philly. So it look like all the talk bout a just lyrics and nutten no behind it was just bare talk. But, we nah tell no lie, the song dem go hard and Ele talk up some wicked tingz bout di Flossing King and how him get him money. We haffi keep dis a one yah locked, cause we hear say a nuff tingz a go buss out and we haffi gi onu di news first.





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A spokesperson from Bonner Corner Stone Music says the tour has really taken off. “It has been a while since both artistes have toured the west coast of America, so we expected that the tour would do well”. “We have had numerous request for both artistes to do shows in that part of the states but we opted to wait and now the time is right as Spanner Banner has a new album out and Richie Spice is getting ready to drop a new album early next year as well.”



The tour will wrap up September 25 in Boulder, Colorado. However, the week leading up to the end of the tour will see Richie Spice and Spanner Banner heading over to Canada for a few dates.





Let it be about the music By Root girl

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roots.jpgIt’s really sad as more and more it has stopped being about the pure love of the music. Once in the olden days our veteran artiste used to enjoy friendly rivalry on stage but if they had know that these artistes would have take in to another level, one wonders if they would have started it in the first place.



We need back the fun vibes in the dancehall…there’s just too much passa passa from all sides of the fence which is only splitting the music. Why should music lovers be forced to chose which side of the fence they want to sit. I’m not saying Gaza and I’m certainly not saying Gully Side, I am saying music – straight!



Both Vybz Kartel and Mavado have done some real good songs…and both have done songs that I wouldn’t even let my dog listen.



Let’s stop this foolishness and get back to the love of good quality songs.






daily.jpgsee God's higher order unfolding in every situation.
As young children learn their alphabet and numbers, they become excited about what they've learned. They are joyful as they begin to understand more about the world around them and how it works.
I look forward to learning new ways of thinking and being that enrich my life. I look with childlike eyes at all that is happening and see God's higher order unfolding in every situation. I strive for deeper understanding based on Truth rather than appearances.
Like A-B-C and 1-2-3, I know that in all life's situations, divine order is operating. Today's challenges will lead to new meaning and purpose. I remain open and receptive to life's lessons, gaining a new level of understanding and awareness.
"Think over what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in all things."--2 Timothy 2:7





Tivoli Tense

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Since news broke that the United States has requested the extradition of Christopher 'Dudus' Coke things has been real tense in Tivoli Gardens.


According to a story published in the Observer Sources revealed that armed gangsters in the tough community were posted at key points to ward off any attempt by the security forces to arrest Coke.



An officer from the Kingston West Police Division confirmed that the police were aware of the report.



"So we have heard; but we are always on the alert and we will go into Tivoli Gardens if the need arises. We are carrying out our duties just the same," said the cop."



A resident of the garrison community, however, denied the report.



"Those are just rumours. The community is tense, but there are no armed men posted at no 'sentry points'. People always have guns but that is a normal thing in Tivoli," the resident said.



Other residents refuted a report that Coke had ordered them to stock up on food and other supplies in case the community came under siege from the security forces.



"Why don't they leave 'Shortman' (Coke) and Tivoli alone? From the argument buss, is just pure rumour. That is a big lie. He gave no such order," said one resident.



Coke has been accused of drug and arms trafficking by the US State Department, which last Friday unsealed an indictment outlining several allegations against him.



Coke's attorney, Tom Tavares-Finson, said the US Government would have to provide evidence to support the allegations in order to get Jamaica to extradite his client.



"The question to be asked is, what is the evidence to support the allegations? To date no such evidence has been presented to us," Tavares-Finson said.



Tivoli Gardens lies in the constituency of West Kingston and has long been a bastion of support for the ruling Jamaica Labour Party, whose leader, Prime Minister Bruce Golding is a member of parliament.



If found guilty of the narcotics charge, Coke could be slapped with a life sentence or a mandatory 10-year sentence as well as a fine of up to US$4 million.



If found guilty of the arms trafficking charge, Coke could spend five years in a US prison and be ordered to pay a fine of US$250,000.



Federal authorities have also threatened to seize all of Coke's known assets if he is found guilty.



Up to late yesterday, Minister of Justice and Attorney General Dorothy Lightbourne had not signed an authorisation to proceed, which would which would set the process of Coke's extradition in motion.





Scenes From Weddy Weddy

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DAILY WORD 1.jpgoyfully serve God and others.
As a spiritual being, I am not defined by my work, but my work is an important aspect of my life's expression. Every service I provide is a service to God and to others. I live in integrity by fulfilling my commitments. God blesses me with all I need to complete my work and to be prosperous and fulfilled.
I am grateful for my employers and co-workers, for my customers and clients, and for anyone with whom I interact. Each is an expression of God in my life.
By giving and receiving joyfully in the workplace, I become a powerful expression of God in service to the world.
"Render service with enthusiasm, as to the Lord and not to men and women, knowing that whatever good we do, we will receive the same again from the Lord."--Ephesians 6:7-8





Scenes From Boasty Tuesdays

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sexual assault.jpgThe preliminary inquiry into the alleged sexual assault of a 12 year old by her businessman father, got underway on Tuesday at the Half Way Tree Resident Magistrate's Court.



The inquiry saw the 12-year-old complainant taking the stand and giving gripping testimony on the alleged acts of incest.



The strain brought on by the testimony was apparent as the defendant could be heard repeatedly saying, quote "Oh God, Oh God" prompting presiding magistrate Judith Pusey to warn him not to disturb her court.



In contrast, the pre-teen was calm as she spoke of several incidents during which she claimed her father sexually assaulted her.



The matter was adjourned until Thursday when the complainant will continue her testimony.



The 61-year-old businessman is alleged to have repeatedly molested his daughter since she was eight years old.



He has been charged with five counts of incest and two counts of indecent assault.



The businessman has commercial interests in Kingston, St. Catherine, Clarendon and Manchester and is being represented by defence attorneys Peter Champagne and Vincent Wellesley.

His name is being withheld to protect the identity of the child.





harry.jpgFormer head of the St Catherine North Police Division, Harry ‘Bungles’ Daley said during his trial in the corruption case against him that the $250,000 he collected was a returned loan from Lennard Miller, uncle of Clarke for a business venture and he was only being repaid the loan as was agreed.



"I know him (Miller) for over 30 years; I know him like a brother. He died in about November or December 2003," Daley said. "Prior to his death, I loaned Lennard Miller money. He always borrow from me and repay me but this he wanted a substantial sum, $500,000, but when I checked my resources I could only lend him $250,000."



The policeman said that Miller explained that he needed the money to develop a small backyard block-making project of his into a more "commercially viable" business. Daley said that two justices of peace aided in the preparation of the loan agreement, which was signed by all parties.



"Repayment should have started in January of the following year (2004). An initial payment of $20,000 and thereafter $10,000 per month for two years," the policeman said. "Miller died before the commencement date. I didn't receive any money from him before he died." However, Daley told the court that following Miller's death, the family of the deceased "decided to acknowledge the payment plan".






Today's Daily Word wednesday september 2

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I accept the abundance of God flowing to me and through me now.
The biblical land flowing with milk and honey represents spiritual abundance and freedom. It portrays a life overflowing with blessings, a life full of divine potential.
The truth is that I am living in a "land flowing with milk and honey" right here and right now. There is a constant flow of good in my life. My prosperity includes the assurance that wholeness, wisdom and strength are mine. Knowing this, I am bold in spirit. I am aware of my own divine potential for living the life of my dreams.


I accept the abundance of God that is always flowing to me and through me. I give and receive joyously and gratefully.
"He brought us into this place and gave us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey."--Deuteronomy 26:9
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RIP Steelie

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images.jpgYardflex would like to offer our condolence to the family and friends of Steelie (one half of the duo Steelie and Clevie). He has been a pioneer in the reggae music business and all of those who worked with him over the years can attest to his professionalism. Steelie passed away in a Long Island hospital earlier today (Tuesday)
Rest in peace Steelie





good times

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goodtimes.jpgGood Times held at the Mas Camp on Saturday turned out to be an exciting journey down memory lane as patrons relived the 80s with some skillful playing from selector Kurt Riley.


It was definitely a nostolgic vibe inside the venue as they jammed to the best of the 80s in Calypso, dancehall and disco.




From as early as 9:so patrons started trickling in the venue, lured in by the music and the fun vibes among the songs the blasted from the turntable were Michael Jackson's Don't Stop Till You Get Enough, I Will Survive, Oh La La, Unconditional, Reggae Night and some of Super Cat's classic dancehall songs.



Kurt Riley was the perfect music maestro as he knew just when to "cool down the pace": after some hard-driving disco music he took it down with some easy reggae/dancehall songs.



Promising it would stick to the '80s theme in every way, promoters encouraged patrons to come out in their matching outfits. While we didn't see any decked out in outfits to honour the theme, there was no shortage of music to keep patrons on a roll as they ate up everything the selector dished out and more.

Patrons partied like there was no yesterday at Good Times until the wee hours of the morning.





Scenes From Uptown Mondays

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Zebra A Hide

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But a wha dat, Zebra inna hiding? But between wi and unno, dem nuh si sey him have a problem. From dem let him outa prison, dem shoulda did have a monitor pon him whey meck dem know him every movement.



Cause wi caan figure out how one man can inna trouble fi di same ting time and time again. Wha, wid di whole heap a prostitute dem out deh, him caa buy one and stop rape off di woman dem?



Cho, it nuh look like him a guh stop until smady bobbit him, big and serious, a hope wherever him deh him nah badda nuh more woman…straight





Lord teck di case

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Honestly, the other day I was reading the Star and my stomach literally turned at what was in it.

Can you believe a 44 year old man tried to get his niece, who is a minor, to extend sexual favours to him was shockingly let off the hook with a stern warning when the matter was brought to the police last Thursday.



The incident which occurred in a St Thomas community and at times like that I can only think of the song that Chuck Fenda did entitle Gash Dem and Light Dem. The fact that he got off with a warning is also disgusting, he should have been made to pay a price with the loss of freedom…what’s to stop him from trying it again?



According to the report the man allegedly approached the child and tried to convince her to allow him to fondle her vagina. After the minor denied his initial request, the persistent uncle told his niece that he was willing to pay for her services if she allowed him to have his way.



Reports continue that the child told her father about her uncle's gross request shortly afterwards and a report was made to the police.



Honestly, that father is strong, I would have dealt with his case and then turn him over to the police. I don’t understand what kind of sick society we are living in. I’m just thankful he never got his way with his niece.



It’s a sad day when you have to be careful about allowing your daughters…or sons for that matter around your own flesh and blood.

In all of our glory…we still have to deal with these shameless behaviour





Vybz Kartel- In The Building

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Reggae Sumfest 2018



The Far East Rulers will create history yet again when they perform for the first time alongside renowned sound system King Stur Gav at Irish and Chin's "Reeewind" on Saturday, October 3 in New York.


This will be a night of straight “rub-a-dub” and could pose a big challenge for Mighty Crown, who is typically viewed as a competitive sound.


For this session, Mighty Crown will have to maintain a harmonious disposition, while delivering straight "Rub-a-dub" music. All the while, "The Far East Rulers" will have to work hard to convince the more senior members of the audience of their ability to play in this unique setting.


To properly prepare for this event, Mighty Crown will feature Koji, their ace selector credited for his extensive knowledge of foundation music. Hailed by leaders like U-Roy and Tony Screw, Koji thrives as a foundation selector. Since confirmed for this date, Mighty Crown has been diligently going through their music catalogue to draw tunes fit for the event.


King Stur Gav is happy to return to New York. The one-and-only sound will take center stage on Saturday, October 3 and provide dancehall fans with a genuine "Rub-a-dub" experience. The name King Stur Gav speaks for itself. The sound has a remarkable history that dates back to the mid 70's. Created by the pioneer deejay U-Roy, the sound catapulted to success as a traveling sound system that boasted some of the industry's top deejays including Josey Wales, Brigadier Jerry, Charlie Chaplin and Ranking Joe to name a few.


Clearly, King Stur Gav served as a Deejay academy, offering some of the best microphone talent of the era. Through the academy, all of the sound's disciples were able to take their teacher's style to the forefront of Reggae music. King Stur Gav's commitment to entertainment and dedication to cultural music instead of slackness has continued to make the sound a unique driving force.


Both King Stur Gav and Mighty Crown will shine at "Reeewind," giving fans a taste of history, with a modern day twist.





Bolt To Di Worl!

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Bwoy what a way Usain Bolt go a New York and just done di place sah.Watch the link below and si how him teck on the ESPN sports team and just mess dem up...yeah man wi know sey a joke ting, but it did really nice fi hear him a tease dem if dem sure dem can meck it to di finish line! Bwoy him get a lot a love dere...a suh wi love to si him a represent to di flippin worl!







Poor West Indies

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Bwoy, everybody come beat beat up pon West Indies, dem lose two matches already and today mi a watch di last one whey dem a play and dung to wicket keeper teck off him gloves and get wicket...a whey di cricket board a duh sah...dem nuh si sey dem a embarrass de hell out a we all?





No Comment from Macka

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Songwriter and artiste Unicorn has been talking up di tings where Macka Diamond is concerned. He claimed that he has not been under paid by the female DJ. Macka who recently returned to the island from her overseas promotion is offering no comment to Unicorn’s allegations. Don’t wrong you girl one word lead to another and nex ting you know tings blow out a proportion. Di best ting you do is have a one on one talk wid Unicorn and sort out unno difference…but wi never did hear a likkle romance did a brew there suh?





Scenes from Boasy Tuesdays

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Today's Daily Word - Wednesday, September 30, 2009

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This Moment


I express wholeness and peace here and now.


My past and future enhance my experience of the world, but it is only in the present moment that I cocreate my life. And, in this present moment, I find God.


Behind me are "the things I cannot change," which a familiar prayer reminds me to accept. I accept them, and I learn from them. Ahead of me lie infinite possibilities and ideas waiting to be accessed through prayer, affirmation and action.


But in this present moment, I experience the fullness of God. I affirm only good, knowing that all good things are available to me.
I thank God for this moment and for the wholeness and peace here and now.


"A pleasant vineyard, sing about it! I, the Lord, am its keeper; every moment I water it."--Isaiah 27:2-3.Inspired by this message? Want to talk to friends about it? Share your thoughts here.Search past Daily Word messages by date, topic or keyword. Visit the archive.


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Stop the Violence says Rapper Nas

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The following post was taken from www.redcarpetshelley.com but the message remains the same. Violence affects us all...maybe we can heed Nas' appeal.


Derrion Albert, a 16 year old honour roll student from Chicago lost his life on Monday to senseless violence. Derrion a student at Christian Fenger Academy became part of a gang melee which resulted in his being beaten to death (all caught on videotape which I refuse to post). Apparently, Derrion may have jumped in to aid a friend in need.


Rapper Nas was also moved by the incident and wrote an open letter to teenagers:


"Dear Young Warriors fighting the wrong wars! Killing each other is definitely played out. Being hurt from the lost of a love one was never cool.


Dear Young Warriors fighting the wrong war! I know that feeling, that frustration with life and needing to take it out on someone, any one.


But we chose the dumbest things to go the hardest for. I remember seeing deaths over 8 ball jackets, Fila sneakers, and name plate chains. Deaths over "he say, she say"!!!!! "I'm from this block or I'm from that block", or "my moms n pops is f*cked up now the whole world gotta pay"!!!


I remember feeling like I was the hardest "n*gga" breathing. And I couldn't wait to prove it. But let's think. What are we really proving?? And proving what to who?? Everybody knows Chicago breeds the strongest of the strong but I just feel, me, being ya brother from another state feels your pain as if I grew up with you in ya very own household.


You have the ability and mind power to change they way we are looked at. Look who's watching us young warriors, look who's throwing us in jail constantly, look at the ignorance in the world. Look at the racist dogs who love to see us down. Loving to bury us in the ground or in jail where we continue this worthless war on one another.


Young warriors.... We are WASTING more and more time. We gotta get on our jobs and take over the world. Cuz this movie left the theaters years ago, Juice, Menace, Boys n the Hood , Blood n Blood Out, Belly!


When we see each other why do we see hatred? Why were we born in a storm, born soldiers, WARRIORS....and instead of building each other up we are at war with each other.. May the soul of this young person find peace with the almighty. I'm with you young warriors. You're me and I'm you. But trust me! you are fighting the wrong war."


Amen brother! Rest in peace Derrion Albert and God bless his family and the four teenagers charged in his death...Parents take this opportunity to talk with your teenagers!!!





Alicia Keys Involved with Married Man?

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If an open letter is to be believed written by the wife of rap producer Swizz Beatz to singer Alicia Keys, then it implies that she is having an affair with a married man.
According to the letter that's posted on EUR Web Singer Mashonda, who says she is technically still married to rap producer Swizz Beatz, has written an open regarding the alleged relationship she is having with her husband.


Here's the letter in its entirety, according to Rap-Up.com:


After having a great evening with my son and enjoying some fun twit chat, I decided to sign off and get some work done. However, a few hours later I was advised that I should check @aliciakeys twit page. I've never reached out to her on twitter before. I feel our issues are a lot more serious than a website conversation. Not to mention that I've reached out to her many times in the beginning of this whole thing, as any wife would do. Unfortunately, I never succeeded in getting a response.


The 1st time I meet AK, my husband introduced us to each other at an event. ( I have no choice but to call him my husband, until he is not anymore) In the messages that I sent to her (AK), I made it very clear that on the contrary of what she might be hearing, I am still married to my husband, living with him and just had a child. Its been two years and I still have not received a response.


What I do receive, is constant displays of selfishness and dis concern to me and my son. was a fan of AK's last album, we were both signed to J Records and I always checked up on her projects. I sang her songs and admired her for creating Superwoman and Karma, I would never deny her, her talent. I believed in her until I found out she was possibly sleeping with my husband. The affair was denied by both, until it was finally admitted months later.


Already I can hear some of you saying "why are u blaming her, You cant make someone leave their wife, You cant break something thats broken." Well, my marriage was not broken, as far as I knew we were celebrating our sons birth and getting ready to celebrate our 5 year wedding anniversary . Call it blind love, whatever. I call it being a devoted wife.


As far as me blaming her and not blaming him, thats false. Me and my husband have worked out our differences. We are in a good place as people and as parents. I accept his choices and I am comfortable enough with myself to move on. I am so very blessed in many ways. My concern with AK is no longer the fact that she assisted in destroying a family but that she has the audacity to make these selfish comments about love and wanting to be with someone, even after knowing their situation. How is this the same Superwoman that I sang out loud with in my truck? I ask myself sometimes.


If you are reading this Alicia, let me start by saying, you know what you did. You know the role you played and you know how you contributed to the ending of my marriage. You know that I asked you to step back and let me handle my family issues. Issues that you helped to create. Im not saying everything was perfect all the time but no relationship is perfect. We made a vow to God and I believe you should have respected that, as a woman. I know you owe me or my son nothing but I just wish you would've handled things more carefully.


I'm not judging you, I put you and the whole situation in the hands of God, the Higher Power. Just know that as a woman, I expected so much more from you. I never had intentions on reaching out to you this way but after reading your twits tonight, and the constant disregard, you left me no choice. I feel that after 1 and a half years of you hiding this affair and acting like it doesn't exist, that now is the time to confront it, since you talk so openly about it now


This is not a publicity stunt, I don't have a record coming out. I just need to close this chapter in my life and that means confronting our issues. There is a small child involved. His dad loves him to death and he wants to spend more time with him but hes afraid because he knows we don't have a relationship. This is my main concern. My son NEEDS his dad and I NEED to be comfortable with you. For him!


I know many will see my point and many will not be able to look into what's real because they only want to see Alicia Keys the celebrity, not the human. This is not for the "people", this is for you. Like I said I was left no choice but to reach out to you this way. By now, Im sure you want to find a balance in this as well. I read your tweets tonight and I felt they were very insensitive. You have no idea how much pain I was caused because of this affair. Its baffling to me that you don't understand what I might have gone through with this situation. I don't consider myself a victim anymore, Ive learned a lot from this! I just ask you to try and be a bit more realistic and delicate to the situation, at least until my divorce is final.


I felt me attending the party would have been a starting point for us, since you shook my hand after I offered it, but I suppose I was wrong. If its so, that you and my husband are meant to be together, then God bless you both and I hope you never have to deal with what I did. I would not wish it on my worst enemy. If you two being together forever is the case, its more of a reason for us to get along, because I'm not going anywhere. There's a child to be raised.


To answer your tweet, choose smart over spark. Sparks burn everyone, be smart! Its simple actually, just think of the shoe being on the other foot. Stay blessed and lets work this thing out with respect and dignity.





Today's Daily Word - Tuesday, September 29, 2009

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Pray for Others


I see myself and others as spiritually perfect beings.


As I enter into prayer, I release any stress or concern I may have been carrying. I gently let go and relax into a conscious awareness that the Christ presence is active in me and those I love.


A cherished Unity prayer begins: "Child of Light, I bless you! I think of you, I pray for you, not in terms of what I think you need or what I think you should do or be or express. I lift up my thoughts about you. I catch a new vision of you. I see you as a child of light...."


I see myself and others as spiritually perfect beings. Focusing on the highest good, I see us peaceful and abundant. I align my thoughts and feelings with the goodness that is the Christ essence within every person.


"Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, just as it is well with your soul."--3 John 1:2
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39 Reggae Albums Being Considered for Grammy

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Some 39 albums from Jamaican and non-Jamaica acts have been submitted for consideration in the Reggae Grammy category. It is from this pool that the final five or six will be chosen.


Among the Grammy winners who have albums up for consideration are Stephen Marley, whose Mind Control, which copped the Reggae Grammy in 2008, is again up for consideration, but this time it is the acoustic version of the album. His brother Julian, who released his Awake album earlier this year, to critical acclaim, is also getting consideration.


Singer Tarrus Riley’s Contagious, Buju Banton’s Rasta Got Soul, Brand New Me from the Cool Ruler, Gregory Isaacs and Queen Ifrica’s Montego Bay have all been submitted to the committee. As expected, Sean Paul’s Imperial Blaze has been submitted and Inner Circle’s State of Da World.


Representing the dancehall are Mavado with Mr Brooks … A Better Tomorrow, Ce’Cile with Waiting and Lady G, with Rated G.
Sizzla’s Ghetto Youthology, I Can Feel Your Pain by Gyptian, Jah Cure’s Universal Cure, Justice by Lutan Fyah and Fantan Mojah’s Stonger also make the list.


Easy All Stars, The Aggrolites, De Apostle, Rebelution and Westbound Train are among the non-Jamaican acts whose album have been submitted.


Other acts whose albums are also under consideration are Terry Ganzie, Terry Linen, Prezident Brown, Mikey Spice, TOK and Glen Washington.


The 52nd Grammy Awards takes place on January 31, 2010 at the Staples Centre in downtown Los Angeles.





Alaine and Don Corleon no Longer Together

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Don Corleon and singer Alaine have severed their musical relationship after a four-year partnership.


Not much reason has been given for the split in their relationship, but Alaine told the Star that they relationship ended on good terms.


In the weekend paper Alaine was quoted as saying "First of all I have to big up Don all di way. He is 100 per cent an amazing producer and we've had a lot of success together. We just returned from Japan where we released my second album 'Luv-A-Dub' and it has been doing great, getting serious album sales which is a big feat. It was a very beneficial positive experience, still is, but we're no longer working together."


Alaine denied rumours that she married to Don and refused to comment on anything regarding her personal life.





Usain Stay Out Of The Passa Passa

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Now I am a big fan of Usain Bolt. Watching him as he cruised through the finish line thrilled my heart no ends. I was one of the first to cheer when he was bestowed with one of the highest honour from the Prime Minister.


I defended him when some thought he was too young for such a title.
But watching the clip on Entertainment Report last Friday night I had to be rethinking some of my earlier staunch defense. Hearing Usain saying that he is a Gaza fan for life and who don’t like it should jump into the Gully made me wonder about the huge task he has been given to shoulder as an ambassador for the country.


There is nothing wrong with Usain having his preferred choice of artiste or music…but to add fuel to an already volatile situation is just plain wrong.


He should do what he does best, train hard, make us proud, and represent the country to the highest level…stay out of the passa passa.





Scenes from Arrival of the Athletes

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Who's Worse.... The Police or Gunmen?

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Two Sundays ago, my attention was drawn to a story carried in the Sunday Herald. The only thing I have to say is that reading it, I just had to ask myself who was worse, the gunman or the people who our tax dollars are paying to serve and protect. At least with the criminals they make no pretence…but when people are are collecting money to protect are doing the opposite…then what do you do?


Check out the following story carried in the Sunday Herald and holla at us.


Imagine stopping at a red light at an intersection, and while you are waiting for the green light, you observe a police car breaking the red light from the opposite direction. Now imagine after the police car breaks the stop light it hits your car, wrecking it.


After some wrangling with the police about the accident it gets worse. A few days later, police officers, including an inspector of police, show up at your premises and proceed to assault you and threaten to kill you on another day. What do you do? Call the police?


To serve, Protect and Reassure is the motto of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, but when you speak with Robert Hill, you can see that he believes that assault, intimidate and murder might be a more suitable motto for some in that uniform.


On July 11, 2009 at roughly 12:15 a.m., Hill, an entertainer, came to a stop at a red light at an intersection on the Spanish Town bypass. While there a police car coming from the opposite direction, ran the red light, and according to police records, to aid in the rescue of a police patrol in a shootout in Central Village.


The police car hit Hill’s car and two other cars. Hill’s car was ‘written off’ and the police officer was sent to the hospital. Hill and other passengers in his vehicle were transported to the Spanish Town police station, to give a statement. Hill said that when he was transported to the Spanish Town police station, he spent about four hours at the station but didn’t give a written statement.


He said he asked why he wasn’t allowed to give a written statement and was told by the investigating officer, Sergeant Gardener, to give it the following day and that he had 24 hours to give it. He also enquired why his car was being examined, as it was only cars that were moving at the time of the accident should be examined. Hill said no reason was given.


The Police Statement


When the Sunday Herald contacted Sergeant Gardener, he said that he examined all the vehicles that were hit by the police car.


“It’s standard procedure,” Gardener said. But when the Sunday Herald spoke with one of the motorists involved in the accident, Morain Burke, and asked him if his car was examined, he said, “My car was not examined. I came into the station and gave my statement and a left.”


Burke also explained that giving his statement didn’t take very long, and he drove his car. He said it was damaged but it could be driven to the station. It seemed that either Burke was mistaken or the sergeant was lying. The Sunday Herald has learnt that only cars that were moving during the time of the accident should be examined. As to why Hill’s car was examined it is unclear.


When Hill returned the next day to give his statement of the accident, an officer told him that they couldn’t take his statement, and he was asked why he didn’t give it on the night of the accident. “They told me that they could not take my statement, (and asked) why I did not give it from the time of the accident. I told them that Sergeant Gardener told me to return to give it,” Hill said.


Hill refused to leave the station until he gave his statement. It was then Hill said, that a police officer dressed in uniform, grabbed him by his collar, and pushed him out of the police station. After some persistence, he eventually gave the statement two days later.


Caught on Camera


According to Hill, if trying to get compensation for the damage to his car wasn’t enough, a cadre of police officers have been trying to kill him.


Hill, who lives in the Corporate Area, was threatened and beaten by a group of police officers from the Half-Way Tree police station, including an inspector of police on July 29. He says that his life was spared when one of his neighbours came out to enquire what was going on and one of the police officers whispered to him, “See you get witness now.”


Hill feared that they would return to kill him, so, acting on the advice from human rights group, Jamaicans for Justice, he installed cameras on his premises and sure enough, they did return on Monday August 14, and they were caught on camera.


A policeman, who was identified as an inspector, and who is stationed at the Half-Way Tree police station, was seen with his pistol drawn and walking through the front grill on a copy of the tape obtained by the Sunday Herald. On the policeman’s arrival, all occupants of the house left the premises. After the house is cleared another police officer is seen holding Hill by his locks and dragging him into his house. Hill is seen resisting and holding on to a grill, while policemen are seen pulling his hands away.


While being dragged into the house, his wife Kumiko, a Japanese national, who was also eight months pregnant, held on to his abdomen. Another police officer grabbed her from behind and carried her outside. At this time Hill is out of the camera frame but a police officer can be seen thrusting downward with his hand while two officers stand by the grill.


The tape shows the police officer dragging Hill closer to the front door where the officer is seen assaulting the unarmed man with a pair of pliers. Hill seems to be in agony, as the policeman continues to pick at his flesh. It was then that Hill’s wife Kumiko ran past the two officers at the door and entered into the room and held on to Hill again. The two officers at the door tried to stop her, but then let her go. The same police officer who was assaulting Hill led him upstairs with Kumiko still holding on to his waist.


It’s not clear why Kumiko was allowed into the house, but according to a statement that she gave about the incident, the police then proceeded to search the bedrooms and bathrooms and one officer she described as “the young policeman” called her an “idiot gal” and threaten to hit her in the face and kill her. Along with the threat, Kumiko said policemen held her husband by his locks while hitting him in the head.


She said while upstairs she received injuries to her left elbow and right arm when a policeman pushed her husband into a dresser. After nearly 10 minutes, the couple return downstairs with the cop still holding on to her husband’s locks. The couple was later taken to the station.


But why did all this happen and why were they carried to the station? Currently Deputy Commissioner of Police Charles Scarlett is carrying out an investigation into the incident. DCP Scarlett didn’t confirm or deny seeing the tape, but told us that he was investigating the complaint and when the investigation was through he would make a report to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution.


Cover Up


Superintendent Terrence Bent of the Half-Way Tree police told the Sunday Herald that the reasons for carrying Kumiko and another Japanese girl to the station were to check to see if the two Japanese girls were legitimately in the island, as well as for another reason he wasn’t at liberty to tell the Sunday Herald. But according to a police statement made by Kumiko, the police officers who came to her home were not interested in taking her to the station — her husband seemed to be the primary person.


“The police said that I could stay but I insisted to go with my husband. We were then taken to a police vehicle and told that we would be taken to the police station,” said Kumiko in a police statement.


As for the assault on Hill, Superintendent Bent said he didn’t hear or know of any assault or of any tape of an assault. Hill says the police superintendent is lying, as on one occasion while he was at the Public Defender’s office, Bent called him and said that he saw the tape and was asking him not to give the tape to DCP Scarlett.


Inspector Linton Allen, who was seen on the tape, declined to speak with the Sunday Herald about the matter, as it was under investigation. But he did tell us to ask Hill what he was doing before they carried him into the house. So we did.


Hill said he was at a house in are where he lives trying to get the attention of a cable man when he was accosted by the police and carried into his home. The police officer that held on to him shouted that he had thrown a gun into the yard. He said the cable man and other occupants in the house tried to tell the police man that he didn’t throw a weapon in the yard, but the police officer continued unperturbed.


The Sunday Herald has now learnt that the logbook at the station did not report that Hill was there on August 14, but when speaking with Superintendent Bent, he was asked if Hill was beaten in the station on August 14. He said no, as he was present when he was brought in.


Hill has his own theory as to why the police came to his home on July 29 and August 14. It’s because the police are trying to kill him, in an attempt to cover up what happened in Spanish Town, he said.


“That’s the reason why. I never had no problem with the police… is just (when) the accident happen, me see police a try kill me,” said Hill.





Iley Dread Enjoys Success with New Single

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Reggae singer Iley Dread is enjoying success with Are You Sure, one of the singles off his just-released Unleashed album. The song is presently getting a lot of attention in the UK and Canada.


Producer Jeffrey Forrest could not be any happier about the single's success. According to him, he sent out some 'teaser' mp3s to disc jocks and the response was great.


"I kept getting requests from other jocks who heard it and wanted it added to their playlists," he said.


And to think that Forrest never had any intention of releasing the track as a single. It was supposed to be just one of the regular tracks on the album... but the requests that were coming in changed that thought.


Since the single hit the streets, it seems to have gained a new life of its own on the international scene. While it is enjoying some amount of airplay in Jamaica, it is in the States and on the European circuit that it has really taken off the producer stated.


Singer Iley Dread, who is promoting his Unleashed album on the North American circuit, is now making plans to take some time off to shoot a video for the song.


Colin Levy aka Iley Dread, singer, songwriter, producer hails from the parish of Hanover. Like most artistes, he developed an early appreciation for music and honed his talent performing on community and school events. He migrated to Canada in 1992, where he continued to explore his love for reggae music in Montreal, Quebec.


While assisting his family in their restaurant business, The Rainbow Ites, Iley would use his free time to write and produce for young local talent and he sometimes performed at the Ites talent shows.


In 1994 Iley was introduced to Bevin Jackson, the owner of Bulleyes Recording Label. Bevin encouraged him to record his own material and start his own production company. The following year Kings of Kings was born.


Bevin became Ileys' mentor and he produced a number of songs for him, five of which were part of Iley's first album, A Friend For Life. This association was cut short because of the untimely passing of Bevin due to injuries he received in a motor vehicle accident. A Friend For Life was released in 2001 and featured appearances from Glen Washington, Lady Saw, Louie Culture, Luciano, Chrisinti and Norris Man.


Since then, Iley has released Unite The People and now his third solo project to date, Unleash.





Today's Daily Word - Monday, September 28, 2009

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Forgive


I draw on God's love within to forgive.


Forgiveness is an act of love. As I forgive, I release negative energy that may manifest as resentment or anger. I open the way for something positive to happen. If I feel wronged or annoyed, I release the impulse to judge. The lines of communication remain open, and understanding flows freely. Relationships with family, friends and colleagues flourish when I act with compassion and easily forgive. I relate to others in harmonious ways.


I exercise the same forgiving attitude toward myself. If I have erred, I learn from it and move on. I draw from the reservoir of God's love within me to give and receive forgiveness.


"Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven."--Luke 6:37.Inspired by this message? Want to talk to friends about it? Share your thoughts here.Search past Daily Word messages by date, topic or keyword. Visit the archive.


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Scenes from Bembe

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Scenes from Fresh Fridays

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Today's Daily Word - Sunday, September 27, 2009

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Joy


I am a joyful child of God.


When I look at the sky, the trees, the land or into the eyes of someone I love, I experience the wonder of life. Noticing the simple blessings that surround me here and now, I tap into my inner wellspring of joy.


One joyful thought starts a chain reaction, just as the song of a bird at dawn invites others to join in. I choose to cultivate joy, to count my blessings and to share this feeling with others.


A joyous state of mind opens me to divine ideas and substance. I see new ways to express my potential and new opportunities to experience life as a joyful child of God.


"For you shall go out in joy ... the mountains and the hills before you shall burst into song."--Isaiah 55:12.Inspired by this message? Want to talk to friends about it? Share your thoughts here.Search past Daily Word messages by date, topic or keyword. Visit the archive.


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YardFlex Hot Charts

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Machete Wielding Attacker Caught

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The man who attacked a taxi man in Papine this week was caught by the police. TVJ’s video footage showed a rastaman chopping away at a cab driver…but when the police held him he was a ‘bald head’.


The man, who was wearing dreadlocks at the time, had a bald head when he was pick up by the police during an operation in Mud Town, a tough community near Papine. He was identified as Barrington 'Bobby' Aldridge.


The accused man is scheduled to appear before the Half-Way-Tree Resident Magistrate's Court on Tuesday to answer to felonious wounding charges, the police said.


The police, following the showing of the attack on television, launched a manhunt for the Rastafarian but when the search ended yesterday a clean-shaven Aldridge was held.


The taxi operator, who was wounded, in the incident was discharged from hospital yesterday.


Police could not say what was the motive for the attack.





Today's Daily Word - Saturday, September 26, 2009

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Let Go, Let God


I open to Spirit and follow divine guidance.


I have journeyed to a crossroads of opportunity. This is a place for me to pause and reflect upon the road I have been travelling and the choice that lies ahead.


I imagine that I have just walked through the desert and have now reached an oasis with refreshing water, a cool breeze and a hammock tied between two shade-giving trees. I have reached a welcome refuge.


I experience this kind of an oasis as I let go of personal striving--trying to do it all myself--and let God guide me. A sense of calm washes over me as I release my concerns and trust that God will show me the way.


I pause, I listen and I discern the guidance I have been seeking. Following the guidance I receive leads me to my greater good.\


"If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit."--Galatians 5:25.Inspired by this message? Want to talk to friends about it? Share your thoughts here.Search past Daily Word messages by date, topic or keyword. Visit the archive.


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Good Move Dancehall Fans

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Can you believe my surprise when I came across a flyer advertising a show dubbed Gully Gaza Fans Unity Party which will be held at the Building on Tuesday, September 29. They even have a dress code where Gully wear black and Gaza wear white.


If this is a dance truly meant to unite the bickering factors, then all I have to say is more power to them. It spells no sense that two talented individuals spend the most of their time inciting their fans to be choosing sides.


Literate people are not meant to be behaving this way.


It would be good if Vybz Kartel and Mavado go the extra mile and turn up at this dance which is scheduled to be held at The Building (formerly the Asylum Nightclub) and shake hands, signifying an end of the war.


There is enough conflict going on in the country without the entity that’s supposed to provide some relief being a contributing factor in itself.


For whatever reasons this dance has materialized I hope it will prove to be the catalyst for the beginning of a positive vibes between the two.





Attempted Hijacker Found Guilty

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Stephen Fray who attempted to hi-jack the Can Jet plane in Montego Bay has been found guilty on eight of 10 charges.


The 23-year-old Montego Bay resident who is on trial for his role in the hostage drama on a Canjet Flight at the Sangester International Airport earlier this year was convicted Thursday.


The verdict was handed down in the Western Regional Gun Court in Montego Bay on Thursday afternoon.


In court on Thursday the judge made her deliberation, then ordered a social enquiry which is to be handed in on October 8 when Fray's case will be decided.


Fray's lawyers George Thomas told RJR News about the charges and noted that they ranged from assault to illegal possession of firearm and ammunition.


It was on the night of April 19 that Fray eluded security personnel at the Sangster International Airport and boarded a Canjet flight destined for Canada via Cuba.


He held passengers and crew hostage for eight hours before being disarmed by a crew member and was nabbed by a special security team that had surrounded the aircraft.


The incident drew international attention with media personnel arriving in droves the following morning.





Elephant Man on the Gay Rights List Too

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Buju Banton is not the only artiste coming under fire from the gay rights groups. Elephant man who had a show in Germany two days ago was forced to abort that performance as the gay rights group applied some pressure forcing the show to be cancelled. It’s left to be seen whether his shows for France will go through.





Today's Daily Word - Friday, September 25, 2009

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Free


I am free to choose my path in life.


When facing an unexpected challenge, it's easy to feel like a victim of circumstance--as though I am moving from the driver's seat of my life to the passenger's seat. Instead, I make a conscious choice to get back behind the wheel. I assert my own power in a positive, spiritually centered way.


Through prayer and meditation, I regain control of my life. My emotional strength is renewed, and I feel confident again. I release old habits or relationships that have encumbered me in the past.
The Spirit of God fills my mind, body and soul with the courage I need to move forward. My mind is crystal clear, and I am free to make healthy choices.


"Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom."--2 Corinthians 3:17
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Capleton, Beenie Man Ready to ‘REEEWIND’

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New York, New York , September 21, 2009 — As the stage is set for Irish and Chin's "Reeewind," the streets are buzzing with talk of the original "Rub-a-dub" themed event.


Reeewind, which will be headlined by former rivals turned friends, the Fyah Man Capleton and Beenie Man, will be held Saturday, October 3 at Amazura in Queens, New York. And lately there has been a perpetual argument brewing of which of these former rivals, Beenie Man or Capleton, will perform better. The last time the two met in "Reeewind's" very same venue, the event erupted into a friendly lyrical showdown.


This time around, rather than relying on their entire catalogue of hits, the deejays will only have the option of using cultural lyrics. Additionally, only "Rub-a-dub" riddims will be played. Never-the-less, both artists are destined to shine.


Beenie Man has been deejaying on sound systems since he has 10 years old and has performed on some of the industry's best "Rub-a-dub" sounds. Although this "King of the Dancehall" has a limited catalog of cultural songs, he is over the top with freestyle lyrics. Truly a favorite among all generations, Beenie Man can chat over any riddim flawlessly.


Capleton is a legend whose strength lies in his huge catalogue of cultural songs. Handpicked for this event because of this accolade, Capleton is a heavy hitter. Spending some of his early career on the African Star sound system, the Fyah Man has a knack and feel for this style event. With a huge fan base and craft of riding riddims in tow, Capleton will be a force to reckoned with.


Although this event has not been billed, nor promoted as a competition, enthusiasts are waiting to see which of the two deejays will better handle the one-and-only King Stur Gav. According to fans, "Reeewind" is one of the most highly anticipated Dancehall events to hit New York in years. Not only are fans raving about Beenie Man and Capleton's involvement, they are also in a frenzy over the rest of the billing including U-Roy, Brigadier Jerry, Charlie Chaplin, General Trees, Luciano and Mighty Crown. The official countdown to "Reeewind" is underway.





Etana Managed by Irish and Chin

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Conscious reggae singer, Etana has signed a management deal with Irish and Chin and is now being booked exclusively by Headline Entertainment.


The deal with Irish and Chin — known for their expert management of sound system ‘Far East Rulers’ Mighty Crown — was signed two weeks ago,They confirmed.


Garfield ‘Chin’ Bourne disclosed that his entity has been in discussions with Etana for sometime now, and says he is eagerly anticipating working with this act.


Chin, who is especially strong in the European and Japanese markets, says his plan is to position this conscious artiste in Europe Africa and North America. He states that he is “impressed with her talent and her dedication to her craft.”


Etana, who had previously been signed to the Sharon Burke-led Solid Agency, had indicated earlier this year that she intended to modify her management structure. It was reported that Solid Agency’s role had been diminished as they had moved from managing her career, to doing only the bookings.


Now, the bookings are being handled exclusively by Headline Entertainment.


Etana, who emerged on the scene in an impressive way two years ago, has scored with hits such as Wrong Address and Roots. Her debut album The Strong One received many accolades and earned her Album of the Year last year.





LA Lewis Again!

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Why LA Lewis won’t behave himself. Boy we are tired of reading about his escapades, for a self-proclaimed DJ who don’t have two songs that can readily come to mind…he is really all over the place.


The last feud we read about was between him and a girl name Lady Marsha…she claimed she gave him money to buy a car for her and he bought the car…only in his name. When she took him to court he claimed he had a relationship with her and she is only being spiteful.


The other day Richie Stephens hired him to hand out flyers for his Take Me Away show and LA put down one piece of emailing out press releases (well we are being generous and we say that) because the poorly written thing had Richie disassociating himself from it!


Now the latest with this so called artiste in the Star is that he took a tattoo artist to court claiming the man took his chain and cell phone.


I had to laugh at how it turned out…check out a piece of the report…


The complainant, however, had a very different story. He told the court Lewis brought a fat woman to his tattoo parlour and asked that he give her a tattoo. He said: "Her belly kinda have some marks, so him seh mi mus put di tattoo ova dem. An she fat, so mi tell him it would a cost bout $12,000. "


He said Lewis agreed and stayed with the woman while most of the tattoo was being done. He said he left and said he would return. The complainant said Lewis did not return and since that day he has been trying to get his money. He said he was subsequently paid only $5,000.


He said Lewis had been giving him the runaround, so on the day in question, he saw him and took away his phone. He said he told Lewis when he paid him, the phone would be returned. About the chain, he said: "Him have on a costume jewellery, wid some fake diamond, a ting wha look like chandelier. Mi see when it pop offa an im pick it up offa di ground."


RM Pusey demanded that Lewis tell the court and the accused when he would be paid. To that he simply said, "I couldn't tell you exactly when, Your Honour."


The RM then told him to bring $5,000 when he returns to court on Friday. Lewis then asked, "So what about the chain, Your Honour?" To this she answered, "I don't know about any chain."


We rest our case!







Olympic and World 400-meter hurdles champion, Melaine Walker, has received high praise for her performance in sports and contribution to community development from Chairman of the Sports Development Foundation (SDF), Mr. David Mais.


"We would like to say that Melaine Walker is truly an outstanding track and field star," Mr.Mais said at a press conference held yesterday (Sept. 22) in the VIP lounge of the Norman Manley International Airport, Kingston, to welcome home the athlete.


Mr. Mais noted Melaine's contribution to the Maxfield Avenue community where she grew up, and her ability "to make things happen" in the area.


"Not only have you changed your community, you have helped changed Jamaica, because of the warmth and the love that the people of this country have shown in welcoming you and recognizing your hard work and accomplishments. Truly, you are an outstanding representative of Jamaica," he said.


Advisor to the Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Ali McNab, in his brief remarks, praised the performances of Melaine and the other athletes. He said that they displayed "good work ethics, discipline and stick-to-it-tiveness" during the Berlin World Championships.


"Keep up the good work. Continue to work hard. Continue to understand that you are our role models for the rest of Jamaica," he urged the athletes.


Mr. McNab said that the SDF, the Jamaica Amateur Athletics Association (JAAA) and the Ministry were committed to the development of the athletes. He mentioned the upcoming homecoming celebrations from October 2 to October 4, which is being planned by the government to show appreciation to the athletes.


Melaine Walker, who arrived with her manager, Juliet Campbell, expressed gratitude for the support shown by her relatives and all Jamaica during the World Championships. "I couldn't have done it without any of you guys," she said.


Melaine was met at the airport by her parents Japheth Walker and Jennifer Wilson, sister and brothers, and a team of officials, including representatives from the Sports Ministry, the JAAA, the SDF and the MVP (Maximizing,Velocity and Power) Track Club, where she trains.





Today's Daily Word - Thursday, September 24, 2009

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Hope


The light and love of God within me shine brightly.
A dark cloud in the sky can seem ominous, but no cloud can stop the sun from shining. Above the clouds, the sun shines as brightly as ever.


Regardless of any shadow clouding my day, the love of God within is ever present, always shining, blessing me with guidance, inspiration and hope.


At any time, I may reconnect with the infinite love of God within. I center myself in meditation and prayer, and the light of wisdom and understanding grows. Nothing in the outer world is beyond the power of God's love to transform.


"Your life will be brighter than the noonday; its darkness will be like the morning. And you will have confidence, because there is hope. –Job 11:17-18.Inspired by this message? Want to talk to friends about it? Share your thoughts here.Search past Daily Word messages by date, topic or keyword. Visit the archive.


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Esco- Dirty Weave/First Lady

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New $5,000 Note Starts Circulating Next Thursday

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The Bank of Jamaica says it will be issuing a high security $5,000 banknote on Thursday (September 24).


The note will be legal tender for all monetary transactions, and will complement the existing family of banknotes; namely $50, $100, $500 and $1,000.


The portrait of the late former Prime Minster of Jamaica, the Rt. Hon. Hugh Lawson Shearer, appears on the front of the note. The reverse features blossoms of the Frangipani and an aerial view of Highway 2000.


In addition to the standard security features on the existing banknotes – magnetic thread and ink, iridescence, florescence and watermark- this high value banknote will have a special security feature known as OptiksT. This is a wide security thread which features the Jamaica coat of arms. When held up to the light, the complete thread with “BOJ $5000″ will become visible.


The many features of the note are detailed in posters which will be displayed in prominent public places. The new note is dated January 15, 2009 and bears the signature of the Governor of the Bank, Derick Latibeaudiere.


The note will be available at the Bank of Jamaica and at all commercial banks as of next Thursday.







Labertha Palmer (born March 1909) passed peacefully at the Beth Abraham’s Home Care Center, Bronx, on September 20, 2009, leaving two daughters, Daphne and Iris, and a son, Professor the Hon. Rex Nettleford, a roving ambassador for his native Jamaica and Vice Chancellor Emeritus of the University of West Indies, along with several grand and great grandchildren, resident in Jamaica, the United States and the United
Kingdom.


A Thanksgiving/Memorial Service will take place on Saturday, September 26th, 5pm, at the Wake Eden Community Baptist Church,2074 Strang Ave., Bronx, New York 10466 (at Murdock Ave), with Rev. Dr. Samuel G. Simpson as the officiating Pastor.


In lieu of flowers a contribution to the UWI American Foundation Scholarship Fund, in Ms. Palmer’s name, will be accepted.





Callaloo and Green Banana to Rhatid

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Bwoy mi haffi share something wid unno, fi tell di truth unno really have some bright and ups woman out deh fi real you know.


Yeah, unno done know sey mi nuh ramp fi put fi mi business out deh already. Cause if mi can chat up mi friend dem own, unno done sey mi nuh tink nuttin fi talk fi mi own.


Well mi still kinda pissed off over dis argument whey mi have wid one girl whey call mi man phone di odda night.


Mi inna di bathroom and hear mi man phone a vibrate nuh hell di odda mawning…and between mi and unno anytime fi him phone deh pon vibrate mi get suspicious…cause a ting did guh dung one time…but dat’s anodda story.


When me look pan the phone mi si one familiar number and ask di gal if she back pon di list again why she a call up mi man phone fah…but mi shock fi find out sey a nuh did one mi did tink sey a one new one from Atlanta…mi nah call har name, she know herself.


Unno done know sey mi no care so mi tell har fi go find a man of har own and lef out fi mi. Yuh know sey she tell me plain sey she not leaving him and all bright enough fi a ask if mi tie him! All a ask a whey mi have suh…fi real, mi pop off a big laugh cause if mi have to go to those lengths then might as well di man gwaan…and mi not even know if dem tings deh work anyway.


Di girl cool as yuh please tell mi it nuh meck nuh sense mi frustrate myself, mi fi just gwaan cook callaloo and green banana gi di man meck she f—k it back outa him.


Well a dey suh mi get bringle and give har a piece a mi mind. Mi tell har sey mi man hardlef mi side and him gi mi round di clock attention and in fact di ongle time him nuh deh sida mi a when wi have one argument and even if him gi har a likkle pitty sort off, she mustn’t get carried away wid it.


In fact mi tell har she nuh inna mi league, suh she must go get a good education and mind di pickney whey she a beg help fah.


Mi nuh haffi tell yuh sey she blow up inna mi ears, but hear wha, she lucky, she caan come inna fi mi league.


Fi real dough, a whey unno duh wid gal whey bright suh?





Scenes from Gully Vs Gaza Party

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Today's Daily Word - Wednesday, September 23, 2009

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Faith


My faith is strong. I am confident.


If I find myself in a challenging circumstance, I remember to check my perception of the situation. My faith does not lie in the trouble that surrounds me; my faith lies in God. During a dry season, a tree's roots grow deeper to reach water. Likewise, in times of seeming difficulty, my faith grows deeper as I seek connection with God.


I foster faith by focusing my thoughts on God's powerful protection and limitless love. I feel divine love within and all about me. I see any difficult situation through new eyes, and my anxiety disappears. I move through the challenge with grace and ease.


My faith in God is strong, because I know that I am always enfolded in God's peaceful, loving presence.


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Boom Boom will not be on Gully Vs Gaza

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Dancehall artiste Boom Boom will not be among the performers for the advertised Gully vs Gaza scheduled to take place tonight at the Building (formerly Asylum).


According to Boom he was only yesterday asked to perform … that is after the adverts had been running for some time.


Boom says he has prior engagements and as such will not be able to perform. He apologies to his fans who were expecting to see him.





Scenes from Ishawana's Birthday Bash

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Today's Daily Word - Tuesday, September 22, 2009

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A Shift

God guides me through seasons of change in my life.
As autumn begins and temperatures cool, the most noticeable change is a colorful display of leaves. But there is also a shift within me--a sense of fresh energy and excitement.


Visible changes remind me that all is evolving. Seeing God's transformational handiwork in nature triggers in me a deepening awareness of my potential for positive change. I find opportunities to grow closer to God and deeper in spiritual understanding.


Whether the changes I face are minor or monumental, I have the spiritual tools I need to meet them with confidence and faith. With trust in God, I am guided through the changes life brings.


"But I trust in you, O Lord; I say, 'You are my God.'"--Psalm 31:14
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No Fire at Foota Hype's House

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News spread like wildfire Monday evening that the residence of embattled Alliance selector, Foota Hype, had been burnt to the ground, However, it all proved to be nothing more than an unfounded rumour.


All evening into late last night, the selector was kept busy on his phone reassuring concerned family members, friends and fans that "everyting criss".


"Dem shoot up him mother house and now dem start rumour say the youth house burn dung. A pure eediat ting a gwaan," an insider told Yardflex.


"I don't really want to say anything except that is just rumours ... the house is fine," Foota Hype is quoted as saying.


Foota Hype is embroiled in a battle of sorts with deejay Mavado and the two have been publicly airing their grievances. They both hail from the Cassava Piece community known as 'the Gullyside'.


Following the shooting up of Foota Hype's mother's house two weeks ago, the Range Rover belonging to Mavado was reportedly shot up while parked at his upscale Armour Heights residence in upper St Andrew.


In a television interview on the weekend, Foota Hype, who has declared his innocence in that issue, described the alleged shooting up of the vehicle as mysterious.


The selector, however, was subsequently taken into custody on another matter relating to the alleged beating up of a resident from Cassava Piece and charged with assault. After spending a few days behind bars, he was released and appeared in court on Friday for a hearing into the matter.


Foota Hype's bail was extended.







Kingston, Montego Bay and New York are the cities chosen to be part of the celebrations for Gully God Mavado’s birthday. The festivities kick off in Miami at the swanky Opium, Hard Rock Cafe on Sunday October 25th.


With Mavado's international crossover appeal continuing to rise, its fitting that HOT97's Jabba and 99 Jamz' superstar DJ Khaled will be
the hosts of this event that promises a "gullyfull" of surprises as
Mavado and friends celebrate in style.


Stellar sound systems such as Innocent, Black Chiney, Massive B,
1-800-Bungie, Bashment Kid and more have all been confirmed for
October 25th inside Opium, Hard Rock Cafe.


Mavado is currently putting together his third album, due for release early next year, as well as continuing to collaborate with the world's hottest names in music. Having just voiced with Alicia Keys,
Mavado has also just finished recording on a collaboration with new sensation Drake that is sure to set the game on fire when it drops.





Bounty featured on Sheba Sahlemariam Remix

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Hard-hitting deejay Bounty Killer shows his softer, steamier side on a remix of the single, Love this Lifetime, recorded by songstress Sheba Sahlemariam


The Alliance CEO and Sheba, the cousin of Emperor Haile Selassie, have made what is considered a perfect link. Sheba did the song late this year and could not see a more perfect fit to remix this single than the Ground God himself. This project, once again underlines his versatility.


Bounty’s inclusion on the single has brought renewed excitement to the project, with Sheba now in Jamaica to shoot the video for the single.


“Jay Will is director of the Love this Life,” said Sheba.“I know he is going to make a big statement with this video as he has done with so many before. We are hoping it is going to revolutionize how videos are done and with the incorporation of Mr. Price we are looking forward to the end product.”


The video was completed over the weekend and will be ready to air in the coming weeks.








It's official. With almost a quarter-million records already sold outside of the United States, Sean Paul's fourth studio album, Imperial Blaze, is the dancehall superstar's biggest international debut to date.


Imperial Blaze has so far found it's way in 236,000 CD players, with record breaking sales in the reggae-dancehall hungry country of Japan, being RIAA certified gold in France, and top ten releases in Switzerland, Canada, and even as far as the United Arab Emirates.


Sean Paul expressed delight regarding the progress of the album on the international stage. "It's a good feeling and I'm happy - very happy that people like the music, and that they've been going out and getting the album," he said.


The Grammy-winning, platinum selling superstar has been on the road promoting his first album in four years. The work has been paying off, as Imperial Blaze has been setting charts on fire since its August release, and he's particularly proud of the success of the album in Japan.


"Number 1 in Japan is a big achievement for me. I'm especially proud of that, because outside of Jamaica, Japanese people are really the biggest consumers of dancehall music," he said.


Imperial Blaze is also leaving a fiery path on European charts and turning up the heat on radio stations and in clubs. Apart from being certified gold in France Imperial Blaze debuted at #8 in that country, #7 in the United Arab Emirates, #5 in Canada, #4 in Switzerland, #15 in Belgium, #17 in Austria, and #17 in Germany.


It was also the first ever Jamaican album to debut atop the Billboard Rap Charts. The wholly Jamaican produced project debuted atop the Billboard Reggae Charts, #3 on the Hip Hop/R&B Album charts, #12 on the Billboard 200, #9 on the Digital Albums, and #20 on the European Albums chart.


Sean Paul will be touring the world to support the album with his next stop being in Nigeria next week.







Sandals Resorts International (SRI), the operators of the Sandals and Beaches hotels, is looking to enter the corporate hotel sector arena in Kingston, which is dominated by the likes of the Jamaica Pegasus, the Kingston Hilton and the Hendrickson-run Courtleigh Hotel. The hotel will be called Sandals City and will be located on Kingston’s Oxford Road. It will mark a departure from SRI’s very successful all-inclusive concept.


Speaking with Caribbean Business Report from Kingston, SRI chairman Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart said: “We plan to build our own Sandals City hotel on Oxford Road, Kingston. The plans are in the works right now. It will be a corporate hotel with conference and banqueting rooms and a host of other facilities like spas, racquetball courts, tennis courts, gymnasium, you name it.


“I recently had a tour of the newly-opened Spanish Court Hotel and I was most impressed. Christopher Issa has done a marvellous job with it. He has defied the odds because it is a small lot yet he has managed to offer comprehensive facilities. It has the most beautiful pool. Christopher Issa has joined the Hendricksons as a leading corporate hotelier and I hope there is room for us as well.”


Sandals City will be placed where Mas Camp is currently located on Oxford Road. Stewart is of the view that this is a prime location and that the hotel will do well. The Sandals strategy may well be to take advantage of the fact that relative to the rest of the Caribbean, real estate prices are lower in Jamaica. According to the head of Coldwell Banker Jamaica, Andrew Issa, “You get a larger home and a larger lot than you would get in another island for one-fifth of the price.”


Therefore, it makes sense to purchase land now and then look to develop it once this economic and financial depression passes.


The current global crisis has not prevented Sandals from expanding and refining its product. Over the last two years it has developed the Mediterranean Village, a-188-family suites expansion at its Sandals Antigua hotel, and added the Italian Village to Beaches Turks & Caicos with an additional 180 suites with accompanying top class services. Only last month it acquired the Four Seasons in Great Exuma, the Bahamas, which it will now be called Sandals Emerald Bay.





Antoinette Haughton Off Attorneys List

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Attorney Antoinette Haughton-Cardenas has been struck off the roll of attorneys for misappropriating funds from one of her clients.


The Disciplinary Committee of the General Legal Council of Jamaica handed down its ruling last Thursday, following a hearing before a panel of three attorneys two Saturdays ago.


Colleagues of the one-time politician and former radio talk show host reportedly became suspicious after one of her clients complained that she had swindled him out of $2.3 million she had collected on his behalf from a real estate transaction.


The disbarred attorney was represented by Terrence Ballentine.
A legal source indicated that several other complaints against Haughton-Cardenas were before the disciplinary committee.


She is also facing fraud charges in the Corporate Area and St Thomas Resident Magistrate’s Courts.





Foota Hype Response

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Two Saturdays ago Mavado vented Onstage…and said a whole lot of things including the fact that he lent Foota Hype his car and a lot of other things. He even said at time he had helped out Foota Hype’s mother.


Well last Saturday Foota Hype got his moment in the spotlight to vent too and it was a whole different ball game.


Foota said he was the one who “buss” Mavado. He took his music to disc jocks, he was the one who introduced him to top producers and the first big interview he did, he was the one who hooked him up.


He said he didn’t have anything against Mavado and that the man who is referred to as the Gully God had changed.


He said all he asked is that Mavado leave he and his family alone.


Now listening to him it made us realize one thing…they both said said they don’t hate each other…so why is that the two can’t get along?


Oh well, we just have to wonder what the both of them are not saying.





Today's Daily Word - Monday, September 21, 2009

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World Peace


United in divine love, we walk a path of peace.


The words of a familiar song play in my mind as I dedicate myself to being a presence for peace: "Let there be peace on Earth, and let it begin with me."


Love is the foundation for peace. I pause to feel love for myself and for my family, my friends and my community. I further extend love to all people in every culture and country. Peace begins in me and encircles the world. Together we learn to respect one another's differences and know that we are all children of God.


Let us join together in a pilgrimage of peace--one step, one prayer, one act of forgiveness, one outstretched hand at a time. Let us consciously unite in divine love and walk a path of peace.


"Jesus said to them again, 'Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.'"--John 20:21.Inspired by this message? Want to talk to friends about it? Share your thoughts here.Search past Daily Word messages by date, topic or keyword. Visit the archive.


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Today's Daily Word - Sunday, September 20, 2009

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Guidance


Divine guidance moves me to new heights of wisdom and success.


When I seek direction for right thinking or right action, I rely on Spirit to show me the way. In prayer, I affirm guidance. I prepare to receive it by gently sweeping away any fear or doubt. I then imagine light streaming into my mind, illuminating my thoughts, sparking ideas and inspiring me to action.


My guidance comes in various ways: an understanding nudge, an inspired idea, a surprise encounter or a powerful inner knowing. Along with the awareness of what to do comes the ability to do it. I take each step with confidence, knowing divine guidance leads me to new heights of wisdom and success.


"O send out your light and your truth; let them lead me."--Psalm 43:3
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Today's Daily Word - Saturday, September 19, 2009

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In Touch


I am in touch with all of God's blessings.


Today I vow to stay in touch with God and all of God's blessings in my life. I am in touch with family, and I thank God for the valuable contribution each member makes to the whole family.


I am in touch with friends. I bless each of my friends daily and provide companionship, love and prayers for them. I am in touch with the needs of others. I give of myself with my time, energy or resources to aid and support those who need a helping hand.
I am in touch with beauty. I gaze with admiration at a sunrise, count the stars in the sky and give thanks for God's ever-present grandeur. I am in touch with God and all of God's blessings.


"May the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, just as we abound in love for you."--1 Thessalonians 3:12.Inspired by this message? Want to talk to friends about it? Share your thoughts here.


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Cheating is a Game

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Bwoy mi a tell yuh when entertainer go fi live it up dem nuh easy at all. But come one man if you know you a sort out a certain waitress a yuh place nuh badda bring nuh warlord ex women and a gi har all a yuh attention. And it neva meck matters worse dat she keep referring to the barmaid as “kuh pon she tuh”.


An a nex ting, she know yuh get yuh groove on wid di bartender and she a duh di same ting wid yuh….suh why she a throw wud pon di odda woman.


Still wi haffi big yuh up fi skillfully keeping the peace and meck sure sey di situation nuh get outa hand.





YardFlex Hot Charts

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Scenes from Xpressionz Thurdays

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Vybz Kartel is officially the Favourite Dancehall Artiste among 15 to 24 year-olds in a study led by Dr Donna Hope Marquis, lecturer in Reggae Studies at the University of the West Indies, Mona (UWI). They also named him the Most Popular Dancehall Artiste Now.


The findings are part of research, funded by the Office of the Principal, through the Special Initiatives Research Fund, on violence and dancehall culture. It was conducted between June and August this year among 300 persons in Kingston, St Andrew, St Catherine and Clarendon.


Kartel was ahead of Mavado in both categories, the 'Gaza' scoring 35.2 per cent to the 'Gully's' 25.8 per cent in response to the question "who is your favourite dancehall artiste?". Kartel's percentage soared to 47.4 per cent in response to the question "who do you think is the most popular dancehall artiste now?", with Mavado's ratings also jumping to 34.4 per cent.


Not surprised


Beenie Man was third in both categories, scoring 23.7 per cent for Favourite Dancehall Artiste, with Bounty Killer and Aidonia tying at 2.1 per cent and Busy Signal scoring 1.7 per cent in that category. Shaggy and Assassin got 1.3 per cent each and Elephant Man scored 0.8 per cent, with Lady Saw, Sanchez, Laden, Queen Ifrica, D'Angel, Javinci, Sizzla, RDX, Black Ryno, Serani, Wayne Marshall and Munga Honourable getting less than half a per cent each in that category.


The 'King of the Dancehall' got 14.2 per cent for his third place in 'Most Popular Dancehall Artiste Now', Busy Signal receiving 1.2 per cent and Bounty Killer 0.8 per cent. Lady Saw, Ninja Man, Javinci, Aidonia and Sizzla scored less than 0.5 per cent each.


The rankings go for both genders, as Hope Marquis told THE STAR, it worked out that about half the persons in the study were male and half female. In addition, the findings apply across various class and educational categories.


Hope Marquis is not surprised about the results, pointing out that she teaches at the UWI and when students' phones ring in class, Kartel is the ringtone of choice. "They like the rebelliousness, the 'carelessness' that comes with Kartel," she said. "They like the idea of rebelling against what is right to their parents. Because they are young and rebellious, they like Kartel."


This popularity translates to earning potential, Hope Marquis said, as this age group has the money to spend. It may come from their earnings, notably for the older ones, or from their family support system.


Outpacing Mavado


Kartel gains 12.2 per cent in the Most Popular Artiste category over his Favourite Dancehall Artiste ranking, outpacing Mavado who has a 8.6 per cent increase. Hope Marquis says "even if some people like Mavado, they still think Kartel is more popular".


"I think the age range has a lot to do with the fact that the top three are so consistent," she told THE STAR. And she says "I know Mavado is more popular among older people. He sings songs that have more depth," she said, commenting on his tone of delivery, while Kartel has a more staccato style.


Still, in her analysis, referring to previous dancehall rivalries , Hope Marquis points out that in both the cases of Ninja Man and Shabba Ranks, as well as Bounty Killer and Beenie Man, "when we examine the dominant dancehall duo in each era, we see that while the most combative artiste gained local respect and immense street credibility, it was his arch-rival who gained immense international attention and the attendant Grammy award(s) - Shabba Ranks in 1992 (As Raw as Ever) and 1993 (X-tra Naked) and Beenie Man in 2001 (Art and Life). The stage is already set to repeat this phenomenon with the Vybz Kartel and Mavado, as Mavado continues to develop and expand his international contacts and collaborations with renowned international artistes".


The overall report on the study is being prepared.





Today's Daily Word - Friday, September 18, 2009

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Divine Love


I do all that I do in love.


Any activity or task can be sacred. Rather than acting absentmindedly, I stay present to the task at hand, and I do it with love.


Whether I'm completing a routine chore or spending time with someone dear, I infuse my words and actions with love. Routine activities are thereby transformed into sacred and meaningful expressions of God.


I focus my attention on one activity at a time, letting God's love move through me as I complete the task. I am thoughtful, centered and at peace.


I approach all activities today from a place of love, feeling and expressing the peace of God.


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Scenes from Weddy Weddy

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Sep 20, 2009 -Kingston, Jamaica: Usain Bolt and his management team have announced that they will host a two day series of activities ending with a one-of-a-kind SuperParty, December 4-5, 2009.


“We want to achieve several objectives”, outlined Norman Peart, Usain’s Manager. “Of course we want to celebrate Usain’s phenomenal 2009 achievements with his friends, family and fans, and we felt that nothing would better represent Usain but a party where he could mingle and have fun with everyone. However our aim in producing this SuperParty goes beyond celebrating Bolts accomplishments, as we now move to a phase where the world sees Usain St Leo Bolt, passionately and responsibly inviting people to visit, party and do business with Jamaica”


The series of events will include a celebrity sports clinic, a celebrity media reception, a visit to Sherwood Content by Usain and his specially invited guests, and will end with a SuperParty that will feature live local and international entertainers, along with guest disc jockeys. The party will host international celebrity athletes who have become friends of Usain, and who he will personally invite, along with his Jamaican team members and other Jamaican athletes, to come celebrate with him.


While the party will be the climax to the event series, Usain is also very excited about the sports clinic that is planned as a part of the activities. “ I have been lucky to be given the chance to meet so many wonderful and talented athletes from all around the world, and I believe that if I can create the opportunity for youngsters to meet , interact and work with top class professional athletes, it will be one of my greatest achievements. I want to invite some of these professionals who I have met, to come to enjoy the weekend with me, and also to spend time with some youngsters, and share their knowledge and experience with them”.


The party will not be just a celebration, but will also be a way to raise funds for charity and community activities. One major activity will be focused in Usain’s hometown. “Currently the medical centre in Sherwood is built on leased land”, Mr. Peart advised, “and there is the possibility that they may be forced to move as the land may go for sale. We want raise funds that can go towards helping with the purchase of the land, so that the centre can have a permanent home, and also be refurbished. Depending on how much we are able to raise we will also funnel funds through the United Way to other worthy charities”.


Turnkey Productions has been appointed by the Usain Bolt management team to produce, manage and market the event. My team which is made up of several top class professionals will be putting the full force of our production and marketing expertise behind the event. We are thrilled to be working with Usain and just like him everything is going to be the best”, expressed Walter Elmore, head of the production company. While details of the entertainers are still to be finalized, Elmore did stress that these will be chosen from the top local and international artistes. “Usain himself will be inviting the celebrities who he would like to attend and believe me the list is exciting” he hinted.


The 9.58 SuperParty will take place on December 5, 2009 at Richmond Estate in St Ann. This venue will provide a beautiful and spacious setting and will be able to offer more than adequate and secure parking. It will also be in close proximity to many hotel rooms which is important as the event is expected to attract many overseas patrons. It’s definitely going to be an event to remember and all are invited to come out and enjoy it while supporting some very worthy causes.






Tami And Wayne To Wed

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According to a report in the Star singer Tami Chynn and dancehall artiste Wayne Marshall will be tying the knot this weekend.


Not much details have been revealed concerning the actual wedding ceremony as the selected few persons who have been told about it have been sworn to keeping information under wraps.


Various efforts by the paper to reach them yield little or no information as Chynn's mobile phones several times but they went unanswered. When asked about the marriage on Monday, Marshall did not deny it, he only laughed and said to call him the following day as he was unable to speak at the time. When he was called yesterday, he said the timing was still bad.


Calls were even made to Chynn's mother, Christine Chin, who did not say much either. "Whatever is happening in Tami's life has to come through Tami, it can't come through me," she said.


A secret.


Sharon Burke, Marshall's manager and Chynn's booking agent, was also unwilling to disclose any information about the wedding, as she made a promise to the couple to keep it a secret. .


When asked about rumours that they were planning to get married this year, Chynn had said no. She however, said that Marshall was someone she would absolutely consider tying the knot with.


Wayne Marshall is known for hits such as I Forgot Them, Marshall In Town and Me By Myself. More recently, he released the video for Good Love, in which Chynn played the role of his companion.





Mark Shield Complete's Tour of Duty With JCF

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Mark Shields the former Deputy Commissioner of Police Mark has officially completed his tour of duty with the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).


Mr. Shields' ended ties with the Force two weeks ago when his short term contract expired.


It is not yet known whether the high profile former Scotland Yard officer will remain in Jamaica or return to Britain.


Mr. Shields' four year contract with the JCF expired on March 31, 2009 and he was later retained on two short term contracts of three months each to pursue cold cases.


He supervised several protracted investigations, including the enquiry into the disappearance of Kemar Walters and Oliver Duncan from a plaza on Washington Boulevard.


Commissioner of Police Rear Admiral Hardley Lewin who defended the decision to offer Mr. Shields' the contracts said it was done in the interest of continuity and to ensure that complex cases are satisfactorily completed.


The duties which were carried out by Mr. Shields now fall under the responsibility of Acting Deputy Commissioner Owen Ellington.







Kingston, Jamaica , September 16, 2009 —Seeing is believing and for first timers it was nothing short of a royal reggae dancehall experience at the Yokohama Reggae SAI music festival in early September to celebrate Mighty Crown's anniversary in the business and the landmark 15th anniversary of the event.


Over 40,000 Japanese fans descended upon the stadium where they were thrilled by a performance by Dancehall legend Barrington Levy. A sea of fans embraced Barrington Levy, as he delivered an impressive set consisting of hits including Here I Come, Murderer, Unda Mi Sensi and Too Experienced. Levy went on to rip Living Dangerously by flawlessly performing Bounty's part. And of course, the crowd went crazy each time Levy dropped his signature scat “didleydidleyooooh”. For Levy, this was an exciting return to Japan after being away for more than 20 years.


Special guest, Half Pint, whose name was kept a secret until the event, gave a wicked performance. Level the Vibes, Crazy, Mr. Landlord, Win Some and the mega hit Greetings, kept the stadium rocking from start to finish.


Mighty Crown, ‘The Far East Rulers’ have elevated Dancehall music and culture in Japan to unprecedented heights, as evidenced by the popularity of Yokohama Reggae SAI festival. The event reached an all-time high when founding Mighty Crown members Master Simon and Sami T took over the stage with a live and direct, 8-round sound clash.


With their claim to fame as a worldwide clashing sound system, no stone was left unturned. The brothers battled, introducing a new theme in each round. They even unleashed video dubs in one round. While Sami played a video dub of Beenie Man that dissed Simon, it was a TOK dub that Simon entrusted to fire back at Sami. The response was great!


Japanese artists Pushim, Ryo the Skywalker and Fire Ball also gave great performances which were well received. Fire Ball surprised the crowd with an end-of-show, special guest Daville. The Jamaican Reggae singer enticed the audience with three of his songs.


“This was another great year of Yokohama Reggae SAI,” said Masta Simon, co-founding member of Mighty Crown. "Each year, the event increases in popularity....drawing more and more fans to experience an international Reggae Dancehall experience. “The awareness of the event is also soaring in Jamaica," added Mighty Crown's manager Garfield "Chin" Bourne of Irish and Chin.


The 15th Yokahama Reggae SAI, Japan's largest Reggae music concert, went out in style with a spectacular fireworks display.






Maad!!! Foota Deh A Road Again!!!

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Hype selector Foota Hype, who spent almost one week behind bars at the Constant Spring lock-up in Kingston has been out on bail since Monday.


“Maaaaad, me deh a road again!!! Maaaadd,” is how Foota describes his release in a message on his myspace page.


The selector is to answer to assault charges in court on Friday, resulting from an incident in the Cassava Piece community, from which both Foota and the reputed Gully God Mavado hail. Both Foota Hype and Mavado, who were once friends have been at odds for sometime now, and supporters of both have joined in the fight.


It is alleged that Foota Hype, assaulted a resident of Cassava Piece, the community popularly referred to as the "Gullyside".


The incident was reported to the Constant Spring police, who subsequently picked up the selector and arrested and charged him for assault.


Interestingly, however, Foota Hype’s mother’s house in Cassava Piece was allegedly shot up the week before the incident, but so far no one has been arrested and charged.


Foota, since his release, has been keeping under the radar, perhaps for his own safety.





Today's Daily Word - Thursday, September 17, 2009

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Gifts


I am richly blessed with the gifts of Spirit.


Looking beyond the temporary satisfaction of material gifts, I recognize that the greatest gifts in life are not diamonds or gold, but pearls of wisdom, strength of Spirit and divine love. I open myself to a greater awareness of these true riches.


In the flow of God's limitless supply, I gratefully receive and share these blessings with others. As I do, they multiply and return to me. I am joy-filled in living a God-centered life and sharing spiritual gifts.


I rejoice as I experience God's love, grow in divine wisdom and express my inner strength. I am richly blessed by the gifts that matter most.


"Now there are varieties of gifts ... but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone."--1 Corinthians 12:4, 6
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OJ for Usain Among Other Honours

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World sprint record holder, Usain Bolt, will be inducted into the Society of the Order of Jamaica (OJ).


This was announced by Prime Minister, the Hon. Bruce Golding, during Parliament's sitting yesterday (September 15).


"When so conferred he will, at 23 years, be the youngest ever recipient of the Order of Jamaica and will be referred to as the Honourable Usain Bolt. Cabinet yesterday approved the appointment of Mr. Bolt as Ambassador-at-Large and he will be afforded full diplomatic status," explained Mr. Golding.


The Prime Minister also said that government will rename Highway 2000 the Usain Bolt Highway, in honour of "this extraordinary, gifted son of Jamaica."


Leader of the Opposition, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, said she supported the decision by the government for the World Champion to be granted full diplomatic status, as he is an inspiration to the children of the world.


The Prime Minister said the government is determined to build up the achievements of the athletes by using a strategy designed around two critical objectives. "We will provide the infrastructural and institutional support to enhance the performance of our athletes, that will enable many more Jamaicans to become world class athletes and to fully exploit the multi-faceted benefits that can be derived from our recognized status as a country of athletic prowess," he said.


Mr. Golding pointed out that the Ministries of Youth, Sports and Culture; Industry, Investment and Commerce and Tourism as well as their related agencies are collaborating in the development of the strategy. He said more details will be provided in due course.





Usain Bolt Described as National Inspiration

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Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Hon. Olivia Grange, has described Olympic and world sprint record holder, Usain Bolt, as a national inspiration, who has transformed athletics.


"Usain you confound us, but we love it because you give us hope; you are a national inspiration (and a) patriotic Jamaican. You have transformed track and field; you have transformed athletics, and what really makes it great is that Usain is Jamaican born, Jamaican raised, Jamaican trained - he is a home boy," Miss Grange said, during a press conference, held at the Terra Nova All-Suites Hotel in Kingston, on September 14, as part of Usain Bolt's scheduled activities on his arrival in the island.


The Minister noted further that Usain exemplifies hard work and the best of Jamaican talent, adding that the nation "celebrates the return of the most successful athlete we have produced and the greatest the world has ever seen. Usain, we are very proud of what you have done for Jamaica."


Leader of the Opposition, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, echoed the sentiments of the Minister, noting that the historical performances by Usain Bolt, "have given the country more reason to celebrate than any other recent set of events."


"Usain's athletic prowess has held enthusiasts and observers alike spell bound as he rewrites record books over and over again, while an ecstatic world watches in amazement and celebration. In moments like these, it will be easy for us to focus only on the victories, we must however, take the time to acknowledge the processes that make these victories possible," Mrs. Simpson Miller said.


She said it is clear that Usain is a product of a strong family background - one in which the virtues of discipline, respect and humility have been instilled in him by his parents and relatives. She also praised his teachers for preparing him well and his coach and manager for sharpening his skills and talents.


The Opposition Leader also lauded the "world class" performances of the nation's athletes during the recent International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), World Championships, in Berlin, Germany.


"As a country, we can be proud of our consistent support for the development of sport as an integral part of national growth and development. We must now make the necessary investments, legislation and international treaties to ensure that our athletes do not only enjoy the winning of medals, but also in the business opportunities generated by their hard work and performance," Mrs. Simpson Miller said, adding that this consistent investment could also reap success in other areas of national life.


Usain Bolt's manager, Norman Peart, said that Usain's schedule for the next six weeks is a mixture of rest, relaxation, and some committed events, aimed at consolidating his brand in the local, regional and international markets.


He noted that the management team and Turn Key Productions are to collaborate to stage a super party from December 3 to 5, that will be used as a major contributor to a few of the charities Usain Bolt supports.


Mr. Peart informed that Usain's management team launched the athlete's official website: www.usainbolt.com in early July and that the response has been tremendous. He further informed that the management team has been boosted with the introduction of sports journalist, Carole Beckford, as a publicist.





Wasn’t Me!

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Yeah man, mi caan tell unno how mi heart a buss wid pride inna wi bi international runner dem, especially Usain Bolt. Well mi have a piece a drama fi share wid unno and all now mi caan stop laugh.


Fi real a doan know if it is a blessing or a curse how mi can stuck wid some friend whey life nuh stop surround wid drama. Fi real.


Mi peeps from New York suspect that har husband a get sort out from another woman. So she never do anything but meck him believe she a guh stay long a Miami. She pack har bag and leave, and tell him dat he will see har the Monday.


The husband now believing that him have the whole weekend to himself, just find himself over by the sweetheart house.


By this time my friend pull a fast one and returned the same night. It never hard to find the address for her matey, cause one look on the phone bill, show the same number a pop up all over the place.


She just teck a cab and go a di house. She coulda knock from now till a mawning, no one answered, so she just teck out har cell phone and call the fire department that the house is on fire.


When the fire truck come and siren a go off like mad, she just find har way to har husband car, cause him did park bout six blocks from the house.


After him crawl out one of the window and hurriedly come a him car fi escape before anyone discover that he was in the house…him si mi friend cool as cucumber a lean gainst the car a wait pon him.


Would you believe the man start sey a neva him in the house and how she must think that! Him pull a fast Shaggy and no matter what my friend say, him still a keep to the one theme “it wasn’t me!”


My friend nah while him...time will tell!





Today's Daily Word - Wednesday, September 16, 2009

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Rest


Aware of the Christ within, I am at peace.


While there may be much to do today, I take a few moments to rest in the awareness of the Christ Spirit within that encourages and strengthens me. As a spiritual leader, Jesus often invited others to rest and release any heavy burden so they could experience the peace of God.


My divine nature, the Christ of my soul, is always available to relieve my burdens and bring me peace. Turning inward, I breathe deeply and release any worries that may be on my mind.


The Christ presence within guides me and helps me to grow and learn. Any sense of feeling overwhelmed is gone. I am refreshed, focused and prepared to do what is mine to do.


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Jamaican Playwriter Trevor Rhone Is Dead

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Well known Jamaican playwright Trevor Rhone died this afternoon.Rhone who was born in 1940 is a writer and playwright who began his theatre career as a teacher after a three year stint at Rose Bruford College, an English drama school. He was part of the renaissance of Jamaican theater in the early 1970's.


Rhone participated in a group called Theatre '77, which established The Barn, a small theater in Kingston, Jamaica to stage local performances.


Among his works is the script to The Harder They Come, a 1972 crime film, which was instrumental in popularizing reggae in the US. He also wrote the script for the 2003 romance One Love.


In July 2007, Trevor Rhone is awarded 3rd place of the top 100 all time black screen icons in the past 100 years.


Among his popular plays are Smile Orange, Two Can Play, Old Story Time and the film Milk and Honey.


Yardflex sends our condolence to his friends and family





Scenes from Usain Bolt's Arrival

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Welcome Home Usain

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Triple Olympic and world champion Usain Bolt returned home yesterday after a long grueling stint on the road that saw him breaking two more world records.


He was met at the airport by dignitaries including the Prime Minister Hon Bruce Golding, the opposition leader Portia Simpson-Miller, the Sports Minister Babsy Grange among others.


Some of his Trelawny homies were disappointed as the international track star was whisked away before they could show their love and appreciation to him.


At a press conference held at the airport, Usain said he may try the long jump…but not any time soon.


"I want to try the long jump before I retire, maybe five years from now. As for the 400 meters, that is out," Bolt added to laughter.


The 23-year-old was still undecided over whether or not to compete at next year's world indoor championship and Commonwealth Games.


"I have never competed at an indoor meet before and I have never competed at the Commonwealth Games, so I will see what my coach has in store for me and then decide," Bolt said.


Bolt, who frequently talks about his diet and his comfort food cravings, said he was looking forward to some pork on this trip home.


"Since I landed here I told my helper (housekeeper) to make sure that she cooks some pork for me," he said.


"I am anxious to enjoy some really good pork."


Yardflex joins those who welcome Usain Bolt home…may he continue to go from strength to strength…to di world!





Patrick Swayze Dies

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Actor Patrick Swayze died peacefully yesterday, surrounded by his family. The actor who gave millions pleasure in the movies Dirty Dancing and Ghost, had "Pancreatic Cancer".


Swayze first found fame in the early 1980s in the adaptation of a teen novel, S.E. Hinton's The Outsiders. A trained dancer, Swayze became a cinema heartthrob and Golden Globe award nominee with 1987's Dirty Dancing and reached the height of his fame and acclaim three years later in the romantic film Ghost.


He worked steadily in films over the next two decades, transitioning into smaller character roles.


Swayze first announced his illness in March 2008. Pancreatic cancer is a particularly deadly form of cancer; fewer than five percent of people diagnosed with it survive five years.


Swayze worked long after his diagnosis, starring in a television program called The Beast that ran for one season in 2008 and 2009.





Mavado Talk Up Di Tings

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The other night on Onstage Mavado spoke about his relationship with Foota Hype and addressed the allegation that he shot up Foota Hype’s mom house.


“Why Foota nuh talk di truth sey him move outa di area and lef him madda…mi move and tek my family wid mi,” Mavado told Winfred Williams.


He also said he has always treated Foota as a friend, but Foota “badmind”. He said he drove a great distance to do a show for Foota in Miami and by the time Foota leave to do a show in New York he was badmouthing Mavado.


The DJ referred to as the "gully god" said, he had no idea why Foota was doing that. He even said he took back a car he had given to his cousin just so he could give it to Foota Hype to drive.


“Why would I try to do Foota madda anything,when nuff time she send and beg mi fi help, mi always help har out.”


Well, that’s Mavado’s story…we hope Winford will have Foota on his programme Saturday…we would love to hear what he has to say.





Today's Daily Word - Tuesday, September 15, 2009

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Healing


I am a whole and holy being, an expression of divine perfection.


When I look in the mirror, am I able to see my body as a beautiful, unique, divine creation? Or am I only noticing what I perceive as flaws? If I focus on a problem or illness, I lose sight of the divine energy within each cell of my body. This innate power can transform any apparent challenge into an experience of radiant health and wholeness.


I accelerate the healing process by visualizing each part of my body functioning perfectly. I see divine energy bringing wholeness to every cell. I transcend any limitation as I hold to the truth of my being--I am a whole and holy being, an expression of divine perfection.


"Let it be known to all of you, and to all the people of Israel, that this man is standing before you in good health by the name of Jesus Christ."--Acts 4:10.Inspired by this message? Want to talk to friends about it? Share your thoughts here.


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A Nuh Straight People Kill di British Consul Man!!

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What a way dem a try mek it look like say a straight people kill di British Consul man "John Terry",Yeh! di british who dem find dead di other day. Di foreign press fi stop these tings. Dem fi stop smear,Jamaican's wid di nastiness. Everybody know di man did gay and a one a im luva kill im. A nuh hate crime;it was a crime of passion,and di police know it to. A just true dem nuh really want to come out and say it.






Homophobia Theory Over Jamaican Consul's Murder

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(The UK Guardian published the following story online on Friday.)


A British honorary consul in Jamaica who was strangled inside his home in a possible homophobic attack was likely to have known his killer, police on the Caribbean island said yesterday.


The body of John Terry, 65, was discovered by his gardener wrapped in a sheet in a bedroom at his home near St James, on the north-west coast of the island and near Montego Bay, Jamaica's second biggest city and a major tourist destination. The New Zealand-born father of two had lived in Jamaica for more than 40 years.


Results of a postmortem examination showed that Mr Terry had been strangled with a ligature and also suffered head injuries, the Jamaica constabulary force said. Reports at the time Mr Terry's body was found, on Wednesday afternoon, said he was throttled with a piece of cloth and that he had been beaten with a blunt object, possibly a table lamp.


While police have yet to name a suspect or publicly identify a motive, some reports said a note found near Mr Terry's body referred to him as a "batty man", homophobic slang for a homosexual man. Homophobia is rife on the island and attacks on gay men and lesbians are common, according to human rights groups. Police confirmed the existence of a note but declined to discuss its content.


Mr Terry, who reportedly separated from his wife three years ago, had spent decades working in Jamaica's tourism industry and was made an MBE in 1992. At the time of his death he was the maintenance manager for a tourist hotel in Montego Bay.


He had been the British honorary consul for the west of Jamaica for 13 years, a voluntary post assisting Britons in difficulty and acting as a link with local communities.


Detectives believe Mr Terry was likely to have known his killer as there were no signs of a break-in at his house. Some items, among them a mobile phone, had been taken, but it is thought this could have been an attempt to make the incident look like a robbery gone wrong.


"There are no new developments up to this time but we believe, however, that the person who murdered Mr Terry was close to him," Detective Superintendent Michael Garrick told the Jamaica Gleaner newspaper.


Neighbours said a young man seen leaving Mr Terry's house late on Tuesday had asked how he could get transport to the centre of Montego Bay.


Karl Angell, a spokesman for the police, said he could not comment on this or the possible homophobic motive. "The investigators are still doing their work. For now we have nothing more to say," he said.


The Foreign Office said it was not aware of a reason for the attack. "Our sympathy is with the family at this difficult time," a statement said. "Jamaican police are investigating the circumstances of his death and we're in close touch with them."


The foreign secretary, David Miliband, said Mr Terry would "greatly missed". He said: "Honorary consuls like John play a valuable role in our work overseas and this was especially true of John, who helped many, many British visitors to Jamaica over the years."


Several voluntary groups paid tribute to Mr Terry for his charitable work.


Jamaica's murder rate is one of the world's highest. Gay people on the island, where male homosexual acts remain a criminal offence, say they are regularly targeted for abuse or violence, and tourists can sometimes be targeted. In 2006, two US television producers were beaten with tyre irons by a homophobic mob.





Where's the Fada?

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But a what really happen to Monsignor Albert? Where him deh? Why him not inna him parish uppa Sligoville? More questions than answers.





Beenie Man kicks off NA Tour

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The Legend Returns is the title of deejay Beenie Man’s North American tour which is put together by Ultimate Entertainment.ca and Chris Hines Entertainment in association with Moses Davis Entertainment.


The deejay launched the Canadian leg of the tour Friday in Toronto and will perform several shows across Canada and the USA hitting markets like Ottawa, Montreal, Vancouver, Edmonton, Aspen, San Diego.


According to reports out of Canada, the highly anticipated show at The Big Sexy in Oshawa, Ontario on Saturday was very well received. “The turnout was good and there were a lot of mature people at the venue,” one insider stated. “And you know it’s Beenie and the people love him as he is a great entertainer,” he added.


Backed by Red Flame Sound featuring Lindo P, Beenie Man is scheduled to meet fans on Monday at Fluid Lounge with Canada's top DJ's such as Scratch and P-Plus. The tour also marks the return of Red Flame Sound who has been away from the Dancehall scene for 10 years.


The Oshawa show at the Big Sexy featured opening acts Ammoye, whose debut single Lost Love continues to be the most requested independent Reggae single on Flow 93.5FM. Reggae artiste Shalli will be the additional opening act.





A how Vegas so miserable?

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Really and truly now, a how Mr Vegas so miserable? From him sign up fi a Twitter account all him can do a complain, every single day him find something new fi complain bout. If dem do a top ten miserable artiste a him fi go a number one.The man just bitch, bitch, bitch all day long, and all night long as well.



We did really hear say none a him baby madda dem don't live wid him ... and now we know why. Him just love find too much fault. A wonder if that’s why him just a move back and forth from manager to manager so? Anyway, we glad say him have three boys now fi tek care a dem sister. And we glad say him nah have no more youth till him married. (All on Twitter.)



But him fi ease off a di complain ting , it don't sound good. Especially when him go hard and cuss off Irie Jamboree people good and proper and next day him deh pon dem truck inna Labour Day Parade pon Eastern Parkway. Vegas, people a go start say dem punk you out. Cause we hear say Jamboree people dem all run you off a dem truck and dat dem a plan fi ban you song dem. But we nah watch that. Cause a just music. Right Vegas?





Scenes from Elephant Man's Birthday Bash

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Today's Daily Word - Monday, September 14, 2009

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Back to School

I embrace new opportunities to learn and grow.


The smell of new crayons and freshly sharpened pencils may remind me of the excitement I felt on the first day of a new school year. Now when I begin a new book or project, I may feel that same kind of anticipation.


As a lifelong learner, I gratefully acknowledge that every day presents opportunities to keep learning and to share insights with others. As I grow in understanding, learn new skills and try fresh approaches, my knowledge expands.


I give thanks for all those who teach, guide and support students on new paths. I affirm that God's wisdom and understanding are active within them.


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Today's Daily Word - Sunday, September 13, 2009

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Appreciation

I give thanks for the presence of unconditional love.


When I think about the people who have influenced my life, my thoughts may turn to a grandparent. Having a grandparent is a true blessing, and being a grandparent is a great joy.


Whether through biology or family choice, this is a one-of-a-kind relationship. Grandparents share their time and wisdom and instill a sense of stability in the lives of their families.


The love of a grandparent is akin to the unconditional love of God. Just as a child is enfolded in a grandparent's love, I am enfolded in God's love, which guides and supports me. Divine love is my anchor, my rock, my assurance of support and protection.


"See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are."--1 John 3:1
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Scenes from Digicel Rising Stars

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Kartel Insults UTECH Students

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UTECH students are really upset about a comment made by Vybz Kartel during his performance at a fete at UWI on Friday, September 4, 2009.


Kartel stated “UWI a di university this of the west indies, yu zimi, dats why wi seh UWI Doh? cause if yu did seh UTECH, dat mean seh you tek b**dy innah yu b**ty”.


The UTECH students are not amused and are demanding an apology from the DJ. Curiosity and uneasiness are some of the expression that have been aroused as the students awaits for the 'GAZA' DJ to do this.





Brown Sugar is the 2009 Digicel Rising Star winner

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Friday night proved to no surprise as Digicel Rising Star contestant Brown Sugar walked away with the top prize of $1M. After Adena Myrie was voted off it made the runnings easier for the singer. Second placed Princess Tia received $600,000 among other prizes.


Dubbed as the 'sweet one' out of Montego Bay, Brown Sugar, went in as the overwhelming favourite. A very emotional Brown Sugar had tears running down her cheeks when she collected her cash prize of one million dollars.


Her impressive journey started back in June, at the very first live studio performance show, and though her victory was something many had predicted, she was at a lost for words, saying "It is the most significant time of my life."


There were times when she felt as if she would be eliminated, and there were also times when she dreaded the thought of facing Judge Anthony Miller.


"So much had happened. I still feel like I'm dreaming," she said. And why not? Brown Sugar has now claimed the top spot of being the 2009 Digicel Rising Star winner, she is a million dollars richer, in addition to having several other fantastic prizes at her disposal.





Trilla U Born Again

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Reggae singer and a member of LUST singing group Trilla U got baptized six days after his wife was shot and injured and his daughter killed.


He was quoted in Chat! as saying “This world has blinded us to the realities of life and we are not really seeing what we need to see.”


The singer said when he saw his wife lying there, he understood the full nature of what took place. He said God became clear to him when his wife who was practically dead for 16 hours came out of it.


Although he has been baptized the singer will still continue singing with LUST as he says they have not been doing any nasty songs…they will however, be adding some gospel songs to the mix.


“I want to tell others to always look to God…no matter what. In the midst of tragedy look to him because He will help you through,” were his encouraging words in the weekend tabloid.





Today's Daily Word - Saturday, September 12, 2009

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Animal Blessing

I celebrate life in all its expressions.


The words of a favorite hymn remind me to behold the wonder of animals as they contribute to wisdom and balance in the world:


"All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small, all things wise and wonderful: the Lord God made them all."


Watching the antics of a frisky kitten or a rambunctious puppy, I am reminded to play and enjoy myself. Seeing a dog visit patients at a health care facility reminds me to affirm healing by my very presence. A service animal guiding a sight-impaired individual shows me the value of helping others.


I appreciate and bless all animals by celebrating the sacredness of life in all its diverse expressions.


"God made the wild animals of the earth of every kind. ... And God saw that it was good."--Genesis 1:25
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Hottie Hottie of the Week

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Today's Daily Word - Friday, September 11, 2009

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Comfort


Divine love is my comfort in an ever-changing world.


Every day I am reminded that things of the world are temporary, but things of the Spirit are eternal. The Earth has changed over the eons, but God is unchanging. God is Life, the essence of life in all. God is Love, encompassing all the love that has ever been.


Turning within I find the constant, eternal love of God is my constant comfort. No matter what happens in the external world, within my heart is a place of peace, untouched. I close my eyes, take a deep cleansing breath and become aware of this quiet place. No matter where I am or what is happening around me, I am comforted by the One Love that is always here.


"Let your steadfast love become my comfort according to your promise to your servant."--Psalm 119:76
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Scenes from Weddy Weddy

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Scenes from"THE HARDER THEY COME"

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Congrats Junior Gong

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Yardflex would like to congratulate Damian 'Junior Gong'Marley on the birth of his first child, Elijah Marley.We do wonder if he will grow up to continue in the musical tradition of his father, grandfather and uncles?





Today's Daily Word - Thursday, September 10, 2009

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World Day of Prayer

Reach in. Reach out. We can change the world.


The spirit of God enfolds and infills me as a living, loving presence in my heart and mind. Spirit expresses through every aspect of my being, transforming my thoughts, shaping my words and inspiring my actions.


As I reach in to unite with the presence of God, I pray to be shown how to love more, how to give more, how to be more. Guided through prayer, I reach out to make a difference in the lives of others. I contribute to the good of all through loving action. I give of myself openly and generously.


As I reach in to connect with my Source and reach out to serve God and others more fully, I am helping to create a better world.


"They are to do good, to be rich in good works, generous, and ready to share ... so that they may take hold of the life that really is life."--1 Timothy 6:18, 19.Inspired by this message? Want to talk to friends about it? Share your thoughts here.


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Foot Hype Troubles Continue

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Yesterday (Wednesday) sound system selector "Foota Hype" was arrested by the Constant Spring Police surrounding the beating of a Cassava Piece resident.


According to our source Foota was already at the station trying to enlist the police help in getting his mother out of the area when a complainant turned up to make a report. Upon seeing Foota he identified him as one of the men that assaulted him.


Foota was arrested but our last link with our source late last night indicate he had still not been charged.


Yardflex will keep you posted on this one.





Boasy Tuesdays

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Scenes from Uptown Mondays

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Unicorn ‘mash up’ Boasy Tuesdays

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When the dust was settled at Boasy Tuesdays it was Unicorn who was reportedly carted away to the police station, perhaps to face charges.According to unconfirmed reports, the weekly session on Lyndhurst Road in Kingston was running smoothly when the artiste and a selector got into an argument.


“Unicorn did want dem to play him tune dat him a promote and dem never want to play it and so him mek a move pon dem,” one patron reported.


Unicorn is alleged to have ‘bottled’ the selectors at the session.
Another version is that the artiste, who has been having an altercation with Money Goddess Macka Diamond over a song on which they collaborated, confronted Macka’s people at Boasy Tuesdays and a fight started.


“Mi just see like a stampede and people start run up and down,” a source who was at the dance reported.
Other reports are that shots were fired in the air, allegedly by the police, in an attempt to restore order.


Efforts to get in contact with Unicorn proved futile as he was reportedly still at the police station.





Christina Milian ties the knot in Vegas

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It’s another jungle fever romance as singer Christina Milas tied the knot with music producer The Dream in Las Vegas last week. According to TMZ the couple opted for a small midnight wedding at the legendary Little White Wedding Chapel -- the same place Britney Spears married Jason Alexander back in 2004.


Milian reportedly rented a $200 wedding dress for the occasion and The Dream rented his tux for $100. Their wedding plans were under speculation since last month when they applied for a marriage license.





Today's Daily Word - Wednesday, September 9, 2009

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Harmony

I am in harmony with God's beautiful world. A summer bouquet may include an assortment of flowers in a rainbow of colors. The variety makes the whole bouquet even more beautiful.I realize I am one flower in the wondrous bouquet of humanity. Without judging or comparing myself to others, I enjoy the unique beauty in all of us.


I am a divine expression of God and so is everyone else. As I value our commonalities and our differences, I experience harmony.I relax into knowing that I am loved and that I have a unique contribution to make.


As I learn to love myself, I am at peace--with myself and others. Living in peace, I am in harmony with God's beautiful world.


"The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come."--Song of Solomon 2:12


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Beenie and Bounty meet in New York

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Big up to Beenie Man and Bounty Killer who worked a good set in New York at the Roseland Ballroom in Manhattan on Saturday, September 5.


Inspite of all the passa pass and mix up taking place on the Jamaican front, both are smart enough to realize that that kind of behavior will not do on the international level. Yeah, Bounty did still throw some words on artistes who weren’t there but for the most part he was super cool and the crowd loved him. Beenie too was a hit as was expected and by the time he was through he had shown everyone why after all this time in the business, he is still very much in demand





Foota Hype fears for his life

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Selector Foota Hype now have reasons to believe that his life may be in danger. This stems from an internal war that has been brewing between himself and the Alliance…more particularly David Brooks aka Mavado.


Indications are that it could lead to gun violence. According to reports last week Saturday Foota Hype said he was on his phone talking to his mother, Doreen, when gunshots rang out in the background. His mother screamed, and his blood ran cold.


The selector was quoted as saying “Me and her did a reason when it happen, pure gunshot. Mi lose 10 pound same time, mi shoes full a water, mi head swell up, mi tun eediat and mi drive go round de. Mi mother a bawl, mi just happy say she never got shot, mi mother house shot up and she no dead, mi just haffi thank God,” he said.


Foota Hype said he knew who perpetrated the act, and that person is
aligned to certain factions within the community.


“We know who do it and who that person is affiliated to. 50 persons
say him no know bout it and 50 persons say he knows about it, but if
that is the case, why not cut all ties to the people who give you a
bad name.”


The selector vented his feelings on another website as he stressed that they were trying to intimidate him by getting to his mother. But according to him that tatics won’t work as he says “The Gully ah mine. I was born on the block. Me strengthen him, and mek him into a full grown giant. Now him want to crush who mek him ah eat. We ah go see if God ah allow that to happen.”


The stakes have been raised considerably especially in light of police reports that Mavado’s apartment uptown was shot up on Monday night.


“Somebody call me from foreign and tell me that it happened. Last
night, I went to Uptown Mondayz and mi wrath. Mi talk mi mind, because my defence is music, I am not a gunman, I can’t afford to buy guns and bullets. Him call himself the Gully Gaad, but mi ah leave everything to God. If me live fi live, mi ah go live.”


The other day Yardflex columnist pleaded for peace in the business…seems as if we will have to reiterate that call.





Stop meck man mess unno up

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Now straight up, mi love how wi athletes dem meck wi proud. Mi did kinda gawn endz out a Berlin and den mi stop a one a mi peeps a England, so mi just a touch back di rock and as usual unno know mi have si nting fi gripe bout.



Now mi a share something bout one a mi friend whey a guh thru one hard time wid a deportee and fi tell di truth mi nuh know why she nuh just pull di plug and lef di damn man alone.



She guh look bout visa fi him and every ting and before all that paper work did come tru she and him pudding one piece a fight cause dis woman call him bout 4:30 inna dim awning and den again bout 6:30 and him gwaan like him slick and shi find out sey sinting fishy. Di nex’ ting yuh know big fight buss and him mash up har face, beat har bad and she all did haffi get stitchies.



But how she guh back afta dat mi nuh know yah man. Suh dis time she a look bout fi collect him visa and a woman a call embassy and meck dem know sey him a deportee and bere tings. Mi nuh know how de hottaclaps work out, but mi know sey di girl a claim sey she pregnant fi him. And when mi friend use di same Yardflex site fig uh check some pictures from way back and compare to one whey recently posted she look heavy a way. So dat could be true.



Di man now a claim sey a nuh him alone did a deal wid di girl him sister used to slap har tuh!



But mi neva s idem level a mix up yet inna mi life…but a whey fi mi friend really get herself mix up inna sah?



Pon top a it, di man have one piece a bad luck tuh yuh si but dat nuh strange cause mi friend sey a cause him use har tuh much and still a fool roun di skettel dem. After she live har live a certain way and nuh mix up, him waan come bring har dung wid dem deh kind a people, plus to meck matters wuss him a have unprotected sex wid dem tuh and a put har at risk.



Di ongle question mi waan ask is, when woman a guh have sense and stop meck use dem suh?





YardFlex Hot Charts

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Scenes From Wet Sundehz

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Three cases of H1H1 at UWI

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h1n1.jpgThe University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona has confirmed that all cases of Influenza A (H1N1) virus discovered so far have been among those students living on the campus.



Dr. Blossom Anglin-Brown, Director of Health Services at the UWI has disclosed that the number of confirmed cases remained at three.



She said the UWI is trying to determine how the virus was spread as only one of the three infected students had travelled outside the country.



According to the university health official, so far 105 students have so presented with flu like symptoms.



Health authorities are now trying contain the spread and to educate our community about the virus. We have also cancelled all social events and some orientation activities as these involve a large number of students.





Toll fee raise without warning

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toll booth.jpgMotorist had a rude awakening on Saturday as they head to the toll booth. Instead of the usual $230, $310 and $560 fee they saw a new figure of $270, $370 and $700. Now really we think it was total disrespect to take motorist off guard like that. But then again maybe if some had known they wouldn’t have bothered to take the toll road. I think it’s time that motorist send a message to demand respect…they should leave the toll authority with the road all by their lonesome selves.



It should only be used on those rare occasions when people are “treating themselves” to an easy cruise.



Those figures are ridiculously high and if you multiply that by two for the day and then by five for the week, then that’s a mighty lot of money that could have gone to the gas that is going on the toll road.



With motorist still taking the road as if there was no price increase, no wonder every government entity is pressuring them, they obviously must feel that they have it like that.



Only in Jamaica where people are so divided they can’t even come together for a common cause. Why not carry out a mass boycott on some of the things that are raising without mercy for about a few months and sit back and see the changes





daily 5.jpgI choose to express the song in my heart.


This God-given day is filled with opportunity. But how I experience the day is up to me. My experiences will reflect the song I choose to sing.
I can perceive my day as being like a broken record, filled with the same activities and expectations. If I expect nothing different, if I sing that same old song, that is what I will experience.
On the other hand, I can choose to create a day that expresses the unique song in my heart. This song is one of love for both myself and others. It is a song of anticipation and an affirmation of the good I perceive and create in the world and in myself.
Rejoicing in the life of God within and around me, I let my heart sing!


"O sing to the Lord a new song."--Psalm 96:1
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AIDONIA ADDRESSES BOUNTY & RIDDIMSTREAM ALLEGATIONS

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aidonia 1.jpgAmidst a bevy of allegations that has the streets buzzing, dancehall artiste Sheldon Lawrence better known as Aidonia is now attempting to clear his name and add some clarity to the malicious accusations by unscrupulous personnel to taint his character.



It’s understood that following utterances made by the deejay at this Summer's Fullyloaded, where he said "Big up Bounty Killer", many have now taken it as a foregone conclusion that Aidonia has rejoined the ranks of the Alliance and is now the new ghostwriter responsible for the Bounty Killer diss tracks aimed at Vybz Kartel.



However Aidonia said he wants to make it clear to the public that though he respects the warlord for his contribution to the industry, he is not a part of the Alliance movement nor is he a Ghostwriter for the cross, angry deejay. "mi nuh know weh people get it fi say mi write song fi Killer fi diss Kartel ... mi even see it pon a site seh mi attack Kartel, I have nothing against Bounty nor Kartel, if the two ah dem feuding that is not my concern, a mi co-workers dem and I wish dem nothing but the best, right now a just music mi seh and J.O.P a that a my focus". - He added.






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2. while i am here following old f---king mith about humble calf suck the most milk bullshit I been getting kicked over too long nowabout 12 hours ago from mobile web
3. i am too f--king humble in this business thats why killa and kartel and mavado them guh through they just dont give a fuck.contabout 12 hours ago from mobile web
4. no wonder dancehall music is dying how the fuck all these lame ass mother fucker get to perform on jamborie and i dont get to are you .contabout 12 hours ago from mobile web





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Today's Daily Word - Sunday, September 6, 2009
Inner Peace
I am one with God. I am one with infinite peace.
A sleeping infant is a picture of peace, a precious creation of God. We are all God's precious creations, designed with unlimited capacity to express peace.
In a difficult or unsettling time, I may become distracted, forgetting who I really am. If I am focused on worries or anxious about tomorrow, I may feel restless and uneasy.
Yet the indwelling peace of God has not left me. In a moment of prayer or meditation, I may return to my true nature. As I turn to the spirit of God within, I rediscover my inner strength and my innate center of peace.
As an expression of God, I find that I can be calm, serene and secure in every circumstance. I am one with infinite peace.
"Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you."--Philippians 4:9





Scenes From Fresh Fridayz

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Scenes From Bembe

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daily 1.jpgI take time to replenish my mind, body and spirit.
Like plants that need sunshine and nutrients to flourish, I, too, need to replenish my mind, body and spirit. If my energy seems to fade or a healing challenge arises, I welcome the opportunity for physical and spiritual renewal.
In quiet time, I acknowledge God as the source of healing life. As I relax, my connection with the spirit of God within grows stronger. I visualize my cells and tissues expressing new energy and my entire being revitalized.
I come away from this time of reflection refreshed, giving thanks for the renewal of my mind, body and spirit.
"In all your ways acknowledge him ... It will be a healing for your flesh and a refreshment for your body."--Proverbs 3:6, 8





Gays can’t stop Buju’s tour

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buju-banton_picnik.jpgBuju Banton’s Rasta Got Soul US Tour will begin September 12 in Philadelphia, and over 30 dates have been confirmed. This despite a few cancellations which resulted from pressure from gay rights loby groups.


“We are definitely playing and we are working to replace the canceled dates,” Buju’s publicist said.


The team notes that is primarily concerned with setting the record straight on the inaccurate portrait of Buju being painted by certain organisations.





Ele send back Flossing King money

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flippa mafia.jpgFlippa a say a just lyrics and him and Ele no have no war, but it look like Ele a pree di ting different. Cause him send back the deposit money wha him did tek fi do Flippa show a Philly. So it look like all the talk bout a just lyrics and nutten no behind it was just bare talk. But, we nah tell no lie, the song dem go hard and Ele talk up some wicked tingz bout di Flossing King and how him get him money. We haffi keep dis a one yah locked, cause we hear say a nuff tingz a go buss out and we haffi gi onu di news first.





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A spokesperson from Bonner Corner Stone Music says the tour has really taken off. “It has been a while since both artistes have toured the west coast of America, so we expected that the tour would do well”. “We have had numerous request for both artistes to do shows in that part of the states but we opted to wait and now the time is right as Spanner Banner has a new album out and Richie Spice is getting ready to drop a new album early next year as well.”



The tour will wrap up September 25 in Boulder, Colorado. However, the week leading up to the end of the tour will see Richie Spice and Spanner Banner heading over to Canada for a few dates.





Let it be about the music By Root girl

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roots.jpgIt’s really sad as more and more it has stopped being about the pure love of the music. Once in the olden days our veteran artiste used to enjoy friendly rivalry on stage but if they had know that these artistes would have take in to another level, one wonders if they would have started it in the first place.



We need back the fun vibes in the dancehall…there’s just too much passa passa from all sides of the fence which is only splitting the music. Why should music lovers be forced to chose which side of the fence they want to sit. I’m not saying Gaza and I’m certainly not saying Gully Side, I am saying music – straight!



Both Vybz Kartel and Mavado have done some real good songs…and both have done songs that I wouldn’t even let my dog listen.



Let’s stop this foolishness and get back to the love of good quality songs.






daily.jpgsee God's higher order unfolding in every situation.
As young children learn their alphabet and numbers, they become excited about what they've learned. They are joyful as they begin to understand more about the world around them and how it works.
I look forward to learning new ways of thinking and being that enrich my life. I look with childlike eyes at all that is happening and see God's higher order unfolding in every situation. I strive for deeper understanding based on Truth rather than appearances.
Like A-B-C and 1-2-3, I know that in all life's situations, divine order is operating. Today's challenges will lead to new meaning and purpose. I remain open and receptive to life's lessons, gaining a new level of understanding and awareness.
"Think over what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in all things."--2 Timothy 2:7





Tivoli Tense

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Since news broke that the United States has requested the extradition of Christopher 'Dudus' Coke things has been real tense in Tivoli Gardens.


According to a story published in the Observer Sources revealed that armed gangsters in the tough community were posted at key points to ward off any attempt by the security forces to arrest Coke.



An officer from the Kingston West Police Division confirmed that the police were aware of the report.



"So we have heard; but we are always on the alert and we will go into Tivoli Gardens if the need arises. We are carrying out our duties just the same," said the cop."



A resident of the garrison community, however, denied the report.



"Those are just rumours. The community is tense, but there are no armed men posted at no 'sentry points'. People always have guns but that is a normal thing in Tivoli," the resident said.



Other residents refuted a report that Coke had ordered them to stock up on food and other supplies in case the community came under siege from the security forces.



"Why don't they leave 'Shortman' (Coke) and Tivoli alone? From the argument buss, is just pure rumour. That is a big lie. He gave no such order," said one resident.



Coke has been accused of drug and arms trafficking by the US State Department, which last Friday unsealed an indictment outlining several allegations against him.



Coke's attorney, Tom Tavares-Finson, said the US Government would have to provide evidence to support the allegations in order to get Jamaica to extradite his client.



"The question to be asked is, what is the evidence to support the allegations? To date no such evidence has been presented to us," Tavares-Finson said.



Tivoli Gardens lies in the constituency of West Kingston and has long been a bastion of support for the ruling Jamaica Labour Party, whose leader, Prime Minister Bruce Golding is a member of parliament.



If found guilty of the narcotics charge, Coke could be slapped with a life sentence or a mandatory 10-year sentence as well as a fine of up to US$4 million.



If found guilty of the arms trafficking charge, Coke could spend five years in a US prison and be ordered to pay a fine of US$250,000.



Federal authorities have also threatened to seize all of Coke's known assets if he is found guilty.



Up to late yesterday, Minister of Justice and Attorney General Dorothy Lightbourne had not signed an authorisation to proceed, which would which would set the process of Coke's extradition in motion.





Scenes From Weddy Weddy

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DAILY WORD 1.jpgoyfully serve God and others.
As a spiritual being, I am not defined by my work, but my work is an important aspect of my life's expression. Every service I provide is a service to God and to others. I live in integrity by fulfilling my commitments. God blesses me with all I need to complete my work and to be prosperous and fulfilled.
I am grateful for my employers and co-workers, for my customers and clients, and for anyone with whom I interact. Each is an expression of God in my life.
By giving and receiving joyfully in the workplace, I become a powerful expression of God in service to the world.
"Render service with enthusiasm, as to the Lord and not to men and women, knowing that whatever good we do, we will receive the same again from the Lord."--Ephesians 6:7-8





Scenes From Boasty Tuesdays

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sexual assault.jpgThe preliminary inquiry into the alleged sexual assault of a 12 year old by her businessman father, got underway on Tuesday at the Half Way Tree Resident Magistrate's Court.



The inquiry saw the 12-year-old complainant taking the stand and giving gripping testimony on the alleged acts of incest.



The strain brought on by the testimony was apparent as the defendant could be heard repeatedly saying, quote "Oh God, Oh God" prompting presiding magistrate Judith Pusey to warn him not to disturb her court.



In contrast, the pre-teen was calm as she spoke of several incidents during which she claimed her father sexually assaulted her.



The matter was adjourned until Thursday when the complainant will continue her testimony.



The 61-year-old businessman is alleged to have repeatedly molested his daughter since she was eight years old.



He has been charged with five counts of incest and two counts of indecent assault.



The businessman has commercial interests in Kingston, St. Catherine, Clarendon and Manchester and is being represented by defence attorneys Peter Champagne and Vincent Wellesley.

His name is being withheld to protect the identity of the child.





harry.jpgFormer head of the St Catherine North Police Division, Harry ‘Bungles’ Daley said during his trial in the corruption case against him that the $250,000 he collected was a returned loan from Lennard Miller, uncle of Clarke for a business venture and he was only being repaid the loan as was agreed.



"I know him (Miller) for over 30 years; I know him like a brother. He died in about November or December 2003," Daley said. "Prior to his death, I loaned Lennard Miller money. He always borrow from me and repay me but this he wanted a substantial sum, $500,000, but when I checked my resources I could only lend him $250,000."



The policeman said that Miller explained that he needed the money to develop a small backyard block-making project of his into a more "commercially viable" business. Daley said that two justices of peace aided in the preparation of the loan agreement, which was signed by all parties.



"Repayment should have started in January of the following year (2004). An initial payment of $20,000 and thereafter $10,000 per month for two years," the policeman said. "Miller died before the commencement date. I didn't receive any money from him before he died." However, Daley told the court that following Miller's death, the family of the deceased "decided to acknowledge the payment plan".






Today's Daily Word wednesday september 2

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I accept the abundance of God flowing to me and through me now.
The biblical land flowing with milk and honey represents spiritual abundance and freedom. It portrays a life overflowing with blessings, a life full of divine potential.
The truth is that I am living in a "land flowing with milk and honey" right here and right now. There is a constant flow of good in my life. My prosperity includes the assurance that wholeness, wisdom and strength are mine. Knowing this, I am bold in spirit. I am aware of my own divine potential for living the life of my dreams.


I accept the abundance of God that is always flowing to me and through me. I give and receive joyously and gratefully.
"He brought us into this place and gave us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey."--Deuteronomy 26:9
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RIP Steelie

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images.jpgYardflex would like to offer our condolence to the family and friends of Steelie (one half of the duo Steelie and Clevie). He has been a pioneer in the reggae music business and all of those who worked with him over the years can attest to his professionalism. Steelie passed away in a Long Island hospital earlier today (Tuesday)
Rest in peace Steelie





good times

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goodtimes.jpgGood Times held at the Mas Camp on Saturday turned out to be an exciting journey down memory lane as patrons relived the 80s with some skillful playing from selector Kurt Riley.


It was definitely a nostolgic vibe inside the venue as they jammed to the best of the 80s in Calypso, dancehall and disco.




From as early as 9:so patrons started trickling in the venue, lured in by the music and the fun vibes among the songs the blasted from the turntable were Michael Jackson's Don't Stop Till You Get Enough, I Will Survive, Oh La La, Unconditional, Reggae Night and some of Super Cat's classic dancehall songs.



Kurt Riley was the perfect music maestro as he knew just when to "cool down the pace": after some hard-driving disco music he took it down with some easy reggae/dancehall songs.



Promising it would stick to the '80s theme in every way, promoters encouraged patrons to come out in their matching outfits. While we didn't see any decked out in outfits to honour the theme, there was no shortage of music to keep patrons on a roll as they ate up everything the selector dished out and more.

Patrons partied like there was no yesterday at Good Times until the wee hours of the morning.





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Zebra A Hide

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But a wha dat, Zebra inna hiding? But between wi and unno, dem nuh si sey him have a problem. From dem let him outa prison, dem shoulda did have a monitor pon him whey meck dem know him every movement.



Cause wi caan figure out how one man can inna trouble fi di same ting time and time again. Wha, wid di whole heap a prostitute dem out deh, him caa buy one and stop rape off di woman dem?



Cho, it nuh look like him a guh stop until smady bobbit him, big and serious, a hope wherever him deh him nah badda nuh more woman…straight





Lord teck di case

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Honestly, the other day I was reading the Star and my stomach literally turned at what was in it.

Can you believe a 44 year old man tried to get his niece, who is a minor, to extend sexual favours to him was shockingly let off the hook with a stern warning when the matter was brought to the police last Thursday.



The incident which occurred in a St Thomas community and at times like that I can only think of the song that Chuck Fenda did entitle Gash Dem and Light Dem. The fact that he got off with a warning is also disgusting, he should have been made to pay a price with the loss of freedom…what’s to stop him from trying it again?



According to the report the man allegedly approached the child and tried to convince her to allow him to fondle her vagina. After the minor denied his initial request, the persistent uncle told his niece that he was willing to pay for her services if she allowed him to have his way.



Reports continue that the child told her father about her uncle's gross request shortly afterwards and a report was made to the police.



Honestly, that father is strong, I would have dealt with his case and then turn him over to the police. I don’t understand what kind of sick society we are living in. I’m just thankful he never got his way with his niece.



It’s a sad day when you have to be careful about allowing your daughters…or sons for that matter around your own flesh and blood.

In all of our glory…we still have to deal with these shameless behaviour





Vybz Kartel- In The Building

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Reggae Sumfest 2018

Bolt To Di Worl!

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Bwoy what a way Usain Bolt go a New York and just done di place sah.Watch the link below and si how him teck on the ESPN sports team and just mess dem up...yeah man wi know sey a joke ting, but it did really nice fi hear him a tease dem if dem sure dem can meck it to di finish line! Bwoy him get a lot a love dere...a suh wi love to si him a represent to di flippin worl!







Poor West Indies

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Bwoy, everybody come beat beat up pon West Indies, dem lose two matches already and today mi a watch di last one whey dem a play and dung to wicket keeper teck off him gloves and get wicket...a whey di cricket board a duh sah...dem nuh si sey dem a embarrass de hell out a we all?





No Comment from Macka

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Songwriter and artiste Unicorn has been talking up di tings where Macka Diamond is concerned. He claimed that he has not been under paid by the female DJ. Macka who recently returned to the island from her overseas promotion is offering no comment to Unicorn’s allegations. Don’t wrong you girl one word lead to another and nex ting you know tings blow out a proportion. Di best ting you do is have a one on one talk wid Unicorn and sort out unno difference…but wi never did hear a likkle romance did a brew there suh?





Scenes from Boasy Tuesdays

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Today's Daily Word - Wednesday, September 30, 2009

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This Moment


I express wholeness and peace here and now.


My past and future enhance my experience of the world, but it is only in the present moment that I cocreate my life. And, in this present moment, I find God.


Behind me are "the things I cannot change," which a familiar prayer reminds me to accept. I accept them, and I learn from them. Ahead of me lie infinite possibilities and ideas waiting to be accessed through prayer, affirmation and action.


But in this present moment, I experience the fullness of God. I affirm only good, knowing that all good things are available to me.
I thank God for this moment and for the wholeness and peace here and now.


"A pleasant vineyard, sing about it! I, the Lord, am its keeper; every moment I water it."--Isaiah 27:2-3.Inspired by this message? Want to talk to friends about it? Share your thoughts here.Search past Daily Word messages by date, topic or keyword. Visit the archive.


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Scenes from Beres Hammond Mothers Funeral

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Stop the Violence says Rapper Nas

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The following post was taken from www.redcarpetshelley.com but the message remains the same. Violence affects us all...maybe we can heed Nas' appeal.


Derrion Albert, a 16 year old honour roll student from Chicago lost his life on Monday to senseless violence. Derrion a student at Christian Fenger Academy became part of a gang melee which resulted in his being beaten to death (all caught on videotape which I refuse to post). Apparently, Derrion may have jumped in to aid a friend in need.


Rapper Nas was also moved by the incident and wrote an open letter to teenagers:


"Dear Young Warriors fighting the wrong wars! Killing each other is definitely played out. Being hurt from the lost of a love one was never cool.


Dear Young Warriors fighting the wrong war! I know that feeling, that frustration with life and needing to take it out on someone, any one.


But we chose the dumbest things to go the hardest for. I remember seeing deaths over 8 ball jackets, Fila sneakers, and name plate chains. Deaths over "he say, she say"!!!!! "I'm from this block or I'm from that block", or "my moms n pops is f*cked up now the whole world gotta pay"!!!


I remember feeling like I was the hardest "n*gga" breathing. And I couldn't wait to prove it. But let's think. What are we really proving?? And proving what to who?? Everybody knows Chicago breeds the strongest of the strong but I just feel, me, being ya brother from another state feels your pain as if I grew up with you in ya very own household.


You have the ability and mind power to change they way we are looked at. Look who's watching us young warriors, look who's throwing us in jail constantly, look at the ignorance in the world. Look at the racist dogs who love to see us down. Loving to bury us in the ground or in jail where we continue this worthless war on one another.


Young warriors.... We are WASTING more and more time. We gotta get on our jobs and take over the world. Cuz this movie left the theaters years ago, Juice, Menace, Boys n the Hood , Blood n Blood Out, Belly!


When we see each other why do we see hatred? Why were we born in a storm, born soldiers, WARRIORS....and instead of building each other up we are at war with each other.. May the soul of this young person find peace with the almighty. I'm with you young warriors. You're me and I'm you. But trust me! you are fighting the wrong war."


Amen brother! Rest in peace Derrion Albert and God bless his family and the four teenagers charged in his death...Parents take this opportunity to talk with your teenagers!!!





Alicia Keys Involved with Married Man?

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If an open letter is to be believed written by the wife of rap producer Swizz Beatz to singer Alicia Keys, then it implies that she is having an affair with a married man.
According to the letter that's posted on EUR Web Singer Mashonda, who says she is technically still married to rap producer Swizz Beatz, has written an open regarding the alleged relationship she is having with her husband.


Here's the letter in its entirety, according to Rap-Up.com:


After having a great evening with my son and enjoying some fun twit chat, I decided to sign off and get some work done. However, a few hours later I was advised that I should check @aliciakeys twit page. I've never reached out to her on twitter before. I feel our issues are a lot more serious than a website conversation. Not to mention that I've reached out to her many times in the beginning of this whole thing, as any wife would do. Unfortunately, I never succeeded in getting a response.


The 1st time I meet AK, my husband introduced us to each other at an event. ( I have no choice but to call him my husband, until he is not anymore) In the messages that I sent to her (AK), I made it very clear that on the contrary of what she might be hearing, I am still married to my husband, living with him and just had a child. Its been two years and I still have not received a response.


What I do receive, is constant displays of selfishness and dis concern to me and my son. was a fan of AK's last album, we were both signed to J Records and I always checked up on her projects. I sang her songs and admired her for creating Superwoman and Karma, I would never deny her, her talent. I believed in her until I found out she was possibly sleeping with my husband. The affair was denied by both, until it was finally admitted months later.


Already I can hear some of you saying "why are u blaming her, You cant make someone leave their wife, You cant break something thats broken." Well, my marriage was not broken, as far as I knew we were celebrating our sons birth and getting ready to celebrate our 5 year wedding anniversary . Call it blind love, whatever. I call it being a devoted wife.


As far as me blaming her and not blaming him, thats false. Me and my husband have worked out our differences. We are in a good place as people and as parents. I accept his choices and I am comfortable enough with myself to move on. I am so very blessed in many ways. My concern with AK is no longer the fact that she assisted in destroying a family but that she has the audacity to make these selfish comments about love and wanting to be with someone, even after knowing their situation. How is this the same Superwoman that I sang out loud with in my truck? I ask myself sometimes.


If you are reading this Alicia, let me start by saying, you know what you did. You know the role you played and you know how you contributed to the ending of my marriage. You know that I asked you to step back and let me handle my family issues. Issues that you helped to create. Im not saying everything was perfect all the time but no relationship is perfect. We made a vow to God and I believe you should have respected that, as a woman. I know you owe me or my son nothing but I just wish you would've handled things more carefully.


I'm not judging you, I put you and the whole situation in the hands of God, the Higher Power. Just know that as a woman, I expected so much more from you. I never had intentions on reaching out to you this way but after reading your twits tonight, and the constant disregard, you left me no choice. I feel that after 1 and a half years of you hiding this affair and acting like it doesn't exist, that now is the time to confront it, since you talk so openly about it now


This is not a publicity stunt, I don't have a record coming out. I just need to close this chapter in my life and that means confronting our issues. There is a small child involved. His dad loves him to death and he wants to spend more time with him but hes afraid because he knows we don't have a relationship. This is my main concern. My son NEEDS his dad and I NEED to be comfortable with you. For him!


I know many will see my point and many will not be able to look into what's real because they only want to see Alicia Keys the celebrity, not the human. This is not for the "people", this is for you. Like I said I was left no choice but to reach out to you this way. By now, Im sure you want to find a balance in this as well. I read your tweets tonight and I felt they were very insensitive. You have no idea how much pain I was caused because of this affair. Its baffling to me that you don't understand what I might have gone through with this situation. I don't consider myself a victim anymore, Ive learned a lot from this! I just ask you to try and be a bit more realistic and delicate to the situation, at least until my divorce is final.


I felt me attending the party would have been a starting point for us, since you shook my hand after I offered it, but I suppose I was wrong. If its so, that you and my husband are meant to be together, then God bless you both and I hope you never have to deal with what I did. I would not wish it on my worst enemy. If you two being together forever is the case, its more of a reason for us to get along, because I'm not going anywhere. There's a child to be raised.


To answer your tweet, choose smart over spark. Sparks burn everyone, be smart! Its simple actually, just think of the shoe being on the other foot. Stay blessed and lets work this thing out with respect and dignity.





Today's Daily Word - Tuesday, September 29, 2009

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Pray for Others


I see myself and others as spiritually perfect beings.


As I enter into prayer, I release any stress or concern I may have been carrying. I gently let go and relax into a conscious awareness that the Christ presence is active in me and those I love.


A cherished Unity prayer begins: "Child of Light, I bless you! I think of you, I pray for you, not in terms of what I think you need or what I think you should do or be or express. I lift up my thoughts about you. I catch a new vision of you. I see you as a child of light...."


I see myself and others as spiritually perfect beings. Focusing on the highest good, I see us peaceful and abundant. I align my thoughts and feelings with the goodness that is the Christ essence within every person.


"Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, just as it is well with your soul."--3 John 1:2
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39 Reggae Albums Being Considered for Grammy

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Some 39 albums from Jamaican and non-Jamaica acts have been submitted for consideration in the Reggae Grammy category. It is from this pool that the final five or six will be chosen.


Among the Grammy winners who have albums up for consideration are Stephen Marley, whose Mind Control, which copped the Reggae Grammy in 2008, is again up for consideration, but this time it is the acoustic version of the album. His brother Julian, who released his Awake album earlier this year, to critical acclaim, is also getting consideration.


Singer Tarrus Riley’s Contagious, Buju Banton’s Rasta Got Soul, Brand New Me from the Cool Ruler, Gregory Isaacs and Queen Ifrica’s Montego Bay have all been submitted to the committee. As expected, Sean Paul’s Imperial Blaze has been submitted and Inner Circle’s State of Da World.


Representing the dancehall are Mavado with Mr Brooks … A Better Tomorrow, Ce’Cile with Waiting and Lady G, with Rated G.
Sizzla’s Ghetto Youthology, I Can Feel Your Pain by Gyptian, Jah Cure’s Universal Cure, Justice by Lutan Fyah and Fantan Mojah’s Stonger also make the list.


Easy All Stars, The Aggrolites, De Apostle, Rebelution and Westbound Train are among the non-Jamaican acts whose album have been submitted.


Other acts whose albums are also under consideration are Terry Ganzie, Terry Linen, Prezident Brown, Mikey Spice, TOK and Glen Washington.


The 52nd Grammy Awards takes place on January 31, 2010 at the Staples Centre in downtown Los Angeles.





Alaine and Don Corleon no Longer Together

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Don Corleon and singer Alaine have severed their musical relationship after a four-year partnership.


Not much reason has been given for the split in their relationship, but Alaine told the Star that they relationship ended on good terms.


In the weekend paper Alaine was quoted as saying "First of all I have to big up Don all di way. He is 100 per cent an amazing producer and we've had a lot of success together. We just returned from Japan where we released my second album 'Luv-A-Dub' and it has been doing great, getting serious album sales which is a big feat. It was a very beneficial positive experience, still is, but we're no longer working together."


Alaine denied rumours that she married to Don and refused to comment on anything regarding her personal life.





Usain Stay Out Of The Passa Passa

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Now I am a big fan of Usain Bolt. Watching him as he cruised through the finish line thrilled my heart no ends. I was one of the first to cheer when he was bestowed with one of the highest honour from the Prime Minister.


I defended him when some thought he was too young for such a title.
But watching the clip on Entertainment Report last Friday night I had to be rethinking some of my earlier staunch defense. Hearing Usain saying that he is a Gaza fan for life and who don’t like it should jump into the Gully made me wonder about the huge task he has been given to shoulder as an ambassador for the country.


There is nothing wrong with Usain having his preferred choice of artiste or music…but to add fuel to an already volatile situation is just plain wrong.


He should do what he does best, train hard, make us proud, and represent the country to the highest level…stay out of the passa passa.





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Who's Worse.... The Police or Gunmen?

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Two Sundays ago, my attention was drawn to a story carried in the Sunday Herald. The only thing I have to say is that reading it, I just had to ask myself who was worse, the gunman or the people who our tax dollars are paying to serve and protect. At least with the criminals they make no pretence…but when people are are collecting money to protect are doing the opposite…then what do you do?


Check out the following story carried in the Sunday Herald and holla at us.


Imagine stopping at a red light at an intersection, and while you are waiting for the green light, you observe a police car breaking the red light from the opposite direction. Now imagine after the police car breaks the stop light it hits your car, wrecking it.


After some wrangling with the police about the accident it gets worse. A few days later, police officers, including an inspector of police, show up at your premises and proceed to assault you and threaten to kill you on another day. What do you do? Call the police?


To serve, Protect and Reassure is the motto of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, but when you speak with Robert Hill, you can see that he believes that assault, intimidate and murder might be a more suitable motto for some in that uniform.


On July 11, 2009 at roughly 12:15 a.m., Hill, an entertainer, came to a stop at a red light at an intersection on the Spanish Town bypass. While there a police car coming from the opposite direction, ran the red light, and according to police records, to aid in the rescue of a police patrol in a shootout in Central Village.


The police car hit Hill’s car and two other cars. Hill’s car was ‘written off’ and the police officer was sent to the hospital. Hill and other passengers in his vehicle were transported to the Spanish Town police station, to give a statement. Hill said that when he was transported to the Spanish Town police station, he spent about four hours at the station but didn’t give a written statement.


He said he asked why he wasn’t allowed to give a written statement and was told by the investigating officer, Sergeant Gardener, to give it the following day and that he had 24 hours to give it. He also enquired why his car was being examined, as it was only cars that were moving at the time of the accident should be examined. Hill said no reason was given.


The Police Statement


When the Sunday Herald contacted Sergeant Gardener, he said that he examined all the vehicles that were hit by the police car.


“It’s standard procedure,” Gardener said. But when the Sunday Herald spoke with one of the motorists involved in the accident, Morain Burke, and asked him if his car was examined, he said, “My car was not examined. I came into the station and gave my statement and a left.”


Burke also explained that giving his statement didn’t take very long, and he drove his car. He said it was damaged but it could be driven to the station. It seemed that either Burke was mistaken or the sergeant was lying. The Sunday Herald has learnt that only cars that were moving during the time of the accident should be examined. As to why Hill’s car was examined it is unclear.


When Hill returned the next day to give his statement of the accident, an officer told him that they couldn’t take his statement, and he was asked why he didn’t give it on the night of the accident. “They told me that they could not take my statement, (and asked) why I did not give it from the time of the accident. I told them that Sergeant Gardener told me to return to give it,” Hill said.


Hill refused to leave the station until he gave his statement. It was then Hill said, that a police officer dressed in uniform, grabbed him by his collar, and pushed him out of the police station. After some persistence, he eventually gave the statement two days later.


Caught on Camera


According to Hill, if trying to get compensation for the damage to his car wasn’t enough, a cadre of police officers have been trying to kill him.


Hill, who lives in the Corporate Area, was threatened and beaten by a group of police officers from the Half-Way Tree police station, including an inspector of police on July 29. He says that his life was spared when one of his neighbours came out to enquire what was going on and one of the police officers whispered to him, “See you get witness now.”


Hill feared that they would return to kill him, so, acting on the advice from human rights group, Jamaicans for Justice, he installed cameras on his premises and sure enough, they did return on Monday August 14, and they were caught on camera.


A policeman, who was identified as an inspector, and who is stationed at the Half-Way Tree police station, was seen with his pistol drawn and walking through the front grill on a copy of the tape obtained by the Sunday Herald. On the policeman’s arrival, all occupants of the house left the premises. After the house is cleared another police officer is seen holding Hill by his locks and dragging him into his house. Hill is seen resisting and holding on to a grill, while policemen are seen pulling his hands away.


While being dragged into the house, his wife Kumiko, a Japanese national, who was also eight months pregnant, held on to his abdomen. Another police officer grabbed her from behind and carried her outside. At this time Hill is out of the camera frame but a police officer can be seen thrusting downward with his hand while two officers stand by the grill.


The tape shows the police officer dragging Hill closer to the front door where the officer is seen assaulting the unarmed man with a pair of pliers. Hill seems to be in agony, as the policeman continues to pick at his flesh. It was then that Hill’s wife Kumiko ran past the two officers at the door and entered into the room and held on to Hill again. The two officers at the door tried to stop her, but then let her go. The same police officer who was assaulting Hill led him upstairs with Kumiko still holding on to his waist.


It’s not clear why Kumiko was allowed into the house, but according to a statement that she gave about the incident, the police then proceeded to search the bedrooms and bathrooms and one officer she described as “the young policeman” called her an “idiot gal” and threaten to hit her in the face and kill her. Along with the threat, Kumiko said policemen held her husband by his locks while hitting him in the head.


She said while upstairs she received injuries to her left elbow and right arm when a policeman pushed her husband into a dresser. After nearly 10 minutes, the couple return downstairs with the cop still holding on to her husband’s locks. The couple was later taken to the station.


But why did all this happen and why were they carried to the station? Currently Deputy Commissioner of Police Charles Scarlett is carrying out an investigation into the incident. DCP Scarlett didn’t confirm or deny seeing the tape, but told us that he was investigating the complaint and when the investigation was through he would make a report to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution.


Cover Up


Superintendent Terrence Bent of the Half-Way Tree police told the Sunday Herald that the reasons for carrying Kumiko and another Japanese girl to the station were to check to see if the two Japanese girls were legitimately in the island, as well as for another reason he wasn’t at liberty to tell the Sunday Herald. But according to a police statement made by Kumiko, the police officers who came to her home were not interested in taking her to the station — her husband seemed to be the primary person.


“The police said that I could stay but I insisted to go with my husband. We were then taken to a police vehicle and told that we would be taken to the police station,” said Kumiko in a police statement.


As for the assault on Hill, Superintendent Bent said he didn’t hear or know of any assault or of any tape of an assault. Hill says the police superintendent is lying, as on one occasion while he was at the Public Defender’s office, Bent called him and said that he saw the tape and was asking him not to give the tape to DCP Scarlett.


Inspector Linton Allen, who was seen on the tape, declined to speak with the Sunday Herald about the matter, as it was under investigation. But he did tell us to ask Hill what he was doing before they carried him into the house. So we did.


Hill said he was at a house in are where he lives trying to get the attention of a cable man when he was accosted by the police and carried into his home. The police officer that held on to him shouted that he had thrown a gun into the yard. He said the cable man and other occupants in the house tried to tell the police man that he didn’t throw a weapon in the yard, but the police officer continued unperturbed.


The Sunday Herald has now learnt that the logbook at the station did not report that Hill was there on August 14, but when speaking with Superintendent Bent, he was asked if Hill was beaten in the station on August 14. He said no, as he was present when he was brought in.


Hill has his own theory as to why the police came to his home on July 29 and August 14. It’s because the police are trying to kill him, in an attempt to cover up what happened in Spanish Town, he said.


“That’s the reason why. I never had no problem with the police… is just (when) the accident happen, me see police a try kill me,” said Hill.





Iley Dread Enjoys Success with New Single

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Reggae singer Iley Dread is enjoying success with Are You Sure, one of the singles off his just-released Unleashed album. The song is presently getting a lot of attention in the UK and Canada.


Producer Jeffrey Forrest could not be any happier about the single's success. According to him, he sent out some 'teaser' mp3s to disc jocks and the response was great.


"I kept getting requests from other jocks who heard it and wanted it added to their playlists," he said.


And to think that Forrest never had any intention of releasing the track as a single. It was supposed to be just one of the regular tracks on the album... but the requests that were coming in changed that thought.


Since the single hit the streets, it seems to have gained a new life of its own on the international scene. While it is enjoying some amount of airplay in Jamaica, it is in the States and on the European circuit that it has really taken off the producer stated.


Singer Iley Dread, who is promoting his Unleashed album on the North American circuit, is now making plans to take some time off to shoot a video for the song.


Colin Levy aka Iley Dread, singer, songwriter, producer hails from the parish of Hanover. Like most artistes, he developed an early appreciation for music and honed his talent performing on community and school events. He migrated to Canada in 1992, where he continued to explore his love for reggae music in Montreal, Quebec.


While assisting his family in their restaurant business, The Rainbow Ites, Iley would use his free time to write and produce for young local talent and he sometimes performed at the Ites talent shows.


In 1994 Iley was introduced to Bevin Jackson, the owner of Bulleyes Recording Label. Bevin encouraged him to record his own material and start his own production company. The following year Kings of Kings was born.


Bevin became Ileys' mentor and he produced a number of songs for him, five of which were part of Iley's first album, A Friend For Life. This association was cut short because of the untimely passing of Bevin due to injuries he received in a motor vehicle accident. A Friend For Life was released in 2001 and featured appearances from Glen Washington, Lady Saw, Louie Culture, Luciano, Chrisinti and Norris Man.


Since then, Iley has released Unite The People and now his third solo project to date, Unleash.





Today's Daily Word - Monday, September 28, 2009

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Forgive


I draw on God's love within to forgive.


Forgiveness is an act of love. As I forgive, I release negative energy that may manifest as resentment or anger. I open the way for something positive to happen. If I feel wronged or annoyed, I release the impulse to judge. The lines of communication remain open, and understanding flows freely. Relationships with family, friends and colleagues flourish when I act with compassion and easily forgive. I relate to others in harmonious ways.


I exercise the same forgiving attitude toward myself. If I have erred, I learn from it and move on. I draw from the reservoir of God's love within me to give and receive forgiveness.


"Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven."--Luke 6:37.Inspired by this message? Want to talk to friends about it? Share your thoughts here.Search past Daily Word messages by date, topic or keyword. Visit the archive.


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Scenes from Bembe

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Today's Daily Word - Sunday, September 27, 2009

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Joy


I am a joyful child of God.


When I look at the sky, the trees, the land or into the eyes of someone I love, I experience the wonder of life. Noticing the simple blessings that surround me here and now, I tap into my inner wellspring of joy.


One joyful thought starts a chain reaction, just as the song of a bird at dawn invites others to join in. I choose to cultivate joy, to count my blessings and to share this feeling with others.


A joyous state of mind opens me to divine ideas and substance. I see new ways to express my potential and new opportunities to experience life as a joyful child of God.


"For you shall go out in joy ... the mountains and the hills before you shall burst into song."--Isaiah 55:12.Inspired by this message? Want to talk to friends about it? Share your thoughts here.Search past Daily Word messages by date, topic or keyword. Visit the archive.


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YardFlex Hot Charts

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Machete Wielding Attacker Caught

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The man who attacked a taxi man in Papine this week was caught by the police. TVJ’s video footage showed a rastaman chopping away at a cab driver…but when the police held him he was a ‘bald head’.


The man, who was wearing dreadlocks at the time, had a bald head when he was pick up by the police during an operation in Mud Town, a tough community near Papine. He was identified as Barrington 'Bobby' Aldridge.


The accused man is scheduled to appear before the Half-Way-Tree Resident Magistrate's Court on Tuesday to answer to felonious wounding charges, the police said.


The police, following the showing of the attack on television, launched a manhunt for the Rastafarian but when the search ended yesterday a clean-shaven Aldridge was held.


The taxi operator, who was wounded, in the incident was discharged from hospital yesterday.


Police could not say what was the motive for the attack.





Today's Daily Word - Saturday, September 26, 2009

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Let Go, Let God


I open to Spirit and follow divine guidance.


I have journeyed to a crossroads of opportunity. This is a place for me to pause and reflect upon the road I have been travelling and the choice that lies ahead.


I imagine that I have just walked through the desert and have now reached an oasis with refreshing water, a cool breeze and a hammock tied between two shade-giving trees. I have reached a welcome refuge.


I experience this kind of an oasis as I let go of personal striving--trying to do it all myself--and let God guide me. A sense of calm washes over me as I release my concerns and trust that God will show me the way.


I pause, I listen and I discern the guidance I have been seeking. Following the guidance I receive leads me to my greater good.\


"If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit."--Galatians 5:25.Inspired by this message? Want to talk to friends about it? Share your thoughts here.Search past Daily Word messages by date, topic or keyword. Visit the archive.


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Good Move Dancehall Fans

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Can you believe my surprise when I came across a flyer advertising a show dubbed Gully Gaza Fans Unity Party which will be held at the Building on Tuesday, September 29. They even have a dress code where Gully wear black and Gaza wear white.


If this is a dance truly meant to unite the bickering factors, then all I have to say is more power to them. It spells no sense that two talented individuals spend the most of their time inciting their fans to be choosing sides.


Literate people are not meant to be behaving this way.


It would be good if Vybz Kartel and Mavado go the extra mile and turn up at this dance which is scheduled to be held at The Building (formerly the Asylum Nightclub) and shake hands, signifying an end of the war.


There is enough conflict going on in the country without the entity that’s supposed to provide some relief being a contributing factor in itself.


For whatever reasons this dance has materialized I hope it will prove to be the catalyst for the beginning of a positive vibes between the two.





Attempted Hijacker Found Guilty

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Stephen Fray who attempted to hi-jack the Can Jet plane in Montego Bay has been found guilty on eight of 10 charges.


The 23-year-old Montego Bay resident who is on trial for his role in the hostage drama on a Canjet Flight at the Sangester International Airport earlier this year was convicted Thursday.


The verdict was handed down in the Western Regional Gun Court in Montego Bay on Thursday afternoon.


In court on Thursday the judge made her deliberation, then ordered a social enquiry which is to be handed in on October 8 when Fray's case will be decided.


Fray's lawyers George Thomas told RJR News about the charges and noted that they ranged from assault to illegal possession of firearm and ammunition.


It was on the night of April 19 that Fray eluded security personnel at the Sangster International Airport and boarded a Canjet flight destined for Canada via Cuba.


He held passengers and crew hostage for eight hours before being disarmed by a crew member and was nabbed by a special security team that had surrounded the aircraft.


The incident drew international attention with media personnel arriving in droves the following morning.





Elephant Man on the Gay Rights List Too

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Buju Banton is not the only artiste coming under fire from the gay rights groups. Elephant man who had a show in Germany two days ago was forced to abort that performance as the gay rights group applied some pressure forcing the show to be cancelled. It’s left to be seen whether his shows for France will go through.





Today's Daily Word - Friday, September 25, 2009

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Free


I am free to choose my path in life.


When facing an unexpected challenge, it's easy to feel like a victim of circumstance--as though I am moving from the driver's seat of my life to the passenger's seat. Instead, I make a conscious choice to get back behind the wheel. I assert my own power in a positive, spiritually centered way.


Through prayer and meditation, I regain control of my life. My emotional strength is renewed, and I feel confident again. I release old habits or relationships that have encumbered me in the past.
The Spirit of God fills my mind, body and soul with the courage I need to move forward. My mind is crystal clear, and I am free to make healthy choices.


"Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom."--2 Corinthians 3:17
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Capleton, Beenie Man Ready to ‘REEEWIND’

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New York, New York , September 21, 2009 — As the stage is set for Irish and Chin's "Reeewind," the streets are buzzing with talk of the original "Rub-a-dub" themed event.


Reeewind, which will be headlined by former rivals turned friends, the Fyah Man Capleton and Beenie Man, will be held Saturday, October 3 at Amazura in Queens, New York. And lately there has been a perpetual argument brewing of which of these former rivals, Beenie Man or Capleton, will perform better. The last time the two met in "Reeewind's" very same venue, the event erupted into a friendly lyrical showdown.


This time around, rather than relying on their entire catalogue of hits, the deejays will only have the option of using cultural lyrics. Additionally, only "Rub-a-dub" riddims will be played. Never-the-less, both artists are destined to shine.


Beenie Man has been deejaying on sound systems since he has 10 years old and has performed on some of the industry's best "Rub-a-dub" sounds. Although this "King of the Dancehall" has a limited catalog of cultural songs, he is over the top with freestyle lyrics. Truly a favorite among all generations, Beenie Man can chat over any riddim flawlessly.


Capleton is a legend whose strength lies in his huge catalogue of cultural songs. Handpicked for this event because of this accolade, Capleton is a heavy hitter. Spending some of his early career on the African Star sound system, the Fyah Man has a knack and feel for this style event. With a huge fan base and craft of riding riddims in tow, Capleton will be a force to reckoned with.


Although this event has not been billed, nor promoted as a competition, enthusiasts are waiting to see which of the two deejays will better handle the one-and-only King Stur Gav. According to fans, "Reeewind" is one of the most highly anticipated Dancehall events to hit New York in years. Not only are fans raving about Beenie Man and Capleton's involvement, they are also in a frenzy over the rest of the billing including U-Roy, Brigadier Jerry, Charlie Chaplin, General Trees, Luciano and Mighty Crown. The official countdown to "Reeewind" is underway.





Etana Managed by Irish and Chin

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Conscious reggae singer, Etana has signed a management deal with Irish and Chin and is now being booked exclusively by Headline Entertainment.


The deal with Irish and Chin — known for their expert management of sound system ‘Far East Rulers’ Mighty Crown — was signed two weeks ago,They confirmed.


Garfield ‘Chin’ Bourne disclosed that his entity has been in discussions with Etana for sometime now, and says he is eagerly anticipating working with this act.


Chin, who is especially strong in the European and Japanese markets, says his plan is to position this conscious artiste in Europe Africa and North America. He states that he is “impressed with her talent and her dedication to her craft.”


Etana, who had previously been signed to the Sharon Burke-led Solid Agency, had indicated earlier this year that she intended to modify her management structure. It was reported that Solid Agency’s role had been diminished as they had moved from managing her career, to doing only the bookings.


Now, the bookings are being handled exclusively by Headline Entertainment.


Etana, who emerged on the scene in an impressive way two years ago, has scored with hits such as Wrong Address and Roots. Her debut album The Strong One received many accolades and earned her Album of the Year last year.





LA Lewis Again!

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Why LA Lewis won’t behave himself. Boy we are tired of reading about his escapades, for a self-proclaimed DJ who don’t have two songs that can readily come to mind…he is really all over the place.


The last feud we read about was between him and a girl name Lady Marsha…she claimed she gave him money to buy a car for her and he bought the car…only in his name. When she took him to court he claimed he had a relationship with her and she is only being spiteful.


The other day Richie Stephens hired him to hand out flyers for his Take Me Away show and LA put down one piece of emailing out press releases (well we are being generous and we say that) because the poorly written thing had Richie disassociating himself from it!


Now the latest with this so called artiste in the Star is that he took a tattoo artist to court claiming the man took his chain and cell phone.


I had to laugh at how it turned out…check out a piece of the report…


The complainant, however, had a very different story. He told the court Lewis brought a fat woman to his tattoo parlour and asked that he give her a tattoo. He said: "Her belly kinda have some marks, so him seh mi mus put di tattoo ova dem. An she fat, so mi tell him it would a cost bout $12,000. "


He said Lewis agreed and stayed with the woman while most of the tattoo was being done. He said he left and said he would return. The complainant said Lewis did not return and since that day he has been trying to get his money. He said he was subsequently paid only $5,000.


He said Lewis had been giving him the runaround, so on the day in question, he saw him and took away his phone. He said he told Lewis when he paid him, the phone would be returned. About the chain, he said: "Him have on a costume jewellery, wid some fake diamond, a ting wha look like chandelier. Mi see when it pop offa an im pick it up offa di ground."


RM Pusey demanded that Lewis tell the court and the accused when he would be paid. To that he simply said, "I couldn't tell you exactly when, Your Honour."


The RM then told him to bring $5,000 when he returns to court on Friday. Lewis then asked, "So what about the chain, Your Honour?" To this she answered, "I don't know about any chain."


We rest our case!







Olympic and World 400-meter hurdles champion, Melaine Walker, has received high praise for her performance in sports and contribution to community development from Chairman of the Sports Development Foundation (SDF), Mr. David Mais.


"We would like to say that Melaine Walker is truly an outstanding track and field star," Mr.Mais said at a press conference held yesterday (Sept. 22) in the VIP lounge of the Norman Manley International Airport, Kingston, to welcome home the athlete.


Mr. Mais noted Melaine's contribution to the Maxfield Avenue community where she grew up, and her ability "to make things happen" in the area.


"Not only have you changed your community, you have helped changed Jamaica, because of the warmth and the love that the people of this country have shown in welcoming you and recognizing your hard work and accomplishments. Truly, you are an outstanding representative of Jamaica," he said.


Advisor to the Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Ali McNab, in his brief remarks, praised the performances of Melaine and the other athletes. He said that they displayed "good work ethics, discipline and stick-to-it-tiveness" during the Berlin World Championships.


"Keep up the good work. Continue to work hard. Continue to understand that you are our role models for the rest of Jamaica," he urged the athletes.


Mr. McNab said that the SDF, the Jamaica Amateur Athletics Association (JAAA) and the Ministry were committed to the development of the athletes. He mentioned the upcoming homecoming celebrations from October 2 to October 4, which is being planned by the government to show appreciation to the athletes.


Melaine Walker, who arrived with her manager, Juliet Campbell, expressed gratitude for the support shown by her relatives and all Jamaica during the World Championships. "I couldn't have done it without any of you guys," she said.


Melaine was met at the airport by her parents Japheth Walker and Jennifer Wilson, sister and brothers, and a team of officials, including representatives from the Sports Ministry, the JAAA, the SDF and the MVP (Maximizing,Velocity and Power) Track Club, where she trains.





Today's Daily Word - Thursday, September 24, 2009

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Hope


The light and love of God within me shine brightly.
A dark cloud in the sky can seem ominous, but no cloud can stop the sun from shining. Above the clouds, the sun shines as brightly as ever.


Regardless of any shadow clouding my day, the love of God within is ever present, always shining, blessing me with guidance, inspiration and hope.


At any time, I may reconnect with the infinite love of God within. I center myself in meditation and prayer, and the light of wisdom and understanding grows. Nothing in the outer world is beyond the power of God's love to transform.


"Your life will be brighter than the noonday; its darkness will be like the morning. And you will have confidence, because there is hope. –Job 11:17-18.Inspired by this message? Want to talk to friends about it? Share your thoughts here.Search past Daily Word messages by date, topic or keyword. Visit the archive.


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Esco- Dirty Weave/First Lady

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New $5,000 Note Starts Circulating Next Thursday

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The Bank of Jamaica says it will be issuing a high security $5,000 banknote on Thursday (September 24).


The note will be legal tender for all monetary transactions, and will complement the existing family of banknotes; namely $50, $100, $500 and $1,000.


The portrait of the late former Prime Minster of Jamaica, the Rt. Hon. Hugh Lawson Shearer, appears on the front of the note. The reverse features blossoms of the Frangipani and an aerial view of Highway 2000.


In addition to the standard security features on the existing banknotes – magnetic thread and ink, iridescence, florescence and watermark- this high value banknote will have a special security feature known as OptiksT. This is a wide security thread which features the Jamaica coat of arms. When held up to the light, the complete thread with “BOJ $5000″ will become visible.


The many features of the note are detailed in posters which will be displayed in prominent public places. The new note is dated January 15, 2009 and bears the signature of the Governor of the Bank, Derick Latibeaudiere.


The note will be available at the Bank of Jamaica and at all commercial banks as of next Thursday.







Labertha Palmer (born March 1909) passed peacefully at the Beth Abraham’s Home Care Center, Bronx, on September 20, 2009, leaving two daughters, Daphne and Iris, and a son, Professor the Hon. Rex Nettleford, a roving ambassador for his native Jamaica and Vice Chancellor Emeritus of the University of West Indies, along with several grand and great grandchildren, resident in Jamaica, the United States and the United
Kingdom.


A Thanksgiving/Memorial Service will take place on Saturday, September 26th, 5pm, at the Wake Eden Community Baptist Church,2074 Strang Ave., Bronx, New York 10466 (at Murdock Ave), with Rev. Dr. Samuel G. Simpson as the officiating Pastor.


In lieu of flowers a contribution to the UWI American Foundation Scholarship Fund, in Ms. Palmer’s name, will be accepted.





Callaloo and Green Banana to Rhatid

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Bwoy mi haffi share something wid unno, fi tell di truth unno really have some bright and ups woman out deh fi real you know.


Yeah, unno done know sey mi nuh ramp fi put fi mi business out deh already. Cause if mi can chat up mi friend dem own, unno done sey mi nuh tink nuttin fi talk fi mi own.


Well mi still kinda pissed off over dis argument whey mi have wid one girl whey call mi man phone di odda night.


Mi inna di bathroom and hear mi man phone a vibrate nuh hell di odda mawning…and between mi and unno anytime fi him phone deh pon vibrate mi get suspicious…cause a ting did guh dung one time…but dat’s anodda story.


When me look pan the phone mi si one familiar number and ask di gal if she back pon di list again why she a call up mi man phone fah…but mi shock fi find out sey a nuh did one mi did tink sey a one new one from Atlanta…mi nah call har name, she know herself.


Unno done know sey mi no care so mi tell har fi go find a man of har own and lef out fi mi. Yuh know sey she tell me plain sey she not leaving him and all bright enough fi a ask if mi tie him! All a ask a whey mi have suh…fi real, mi pop off a big laugh cause if mi have to go to those lengths then might as well di man gwaan…and mi not even know if dem tings deh work anyway.


Di girl cool as yuh please tell mi it nuh meck nuh sense mi frustrate myself, mi fi just gwaan cook callaloo and green banana gi di man meck she f—k it back outa him.


Well a dey suh mi get bringle and give har a piece a mi mind. Mi tell har sey mi man hardlef mi side and him gi mi round di clock attention and in fact di ongle time him nuh deh sida mi a when wi have one argument and even if him gi har a likkle pitty sort off, she mustn’t get carried away wid it.


In fact mi tell har she nuh inna mi league, suh she must go get a good education and mind di pickney whey she a beg help fah.


Mi nuh haffi tell yuh sey she blow up inna mi ears, but hear wha, she lucky, she caan come inna fi mi league.


Fi real dough, a whey unno duh wid gal whey bright suh?





Scenes from Gully Vs Gaza Party

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Scences from Boasy Tuesdays

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Today's Daily Word - Wednesday, September 23, 2009

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Faith


My faith is strong. I am confident.


If I find myself in a challenging circumstance, I remember to check my perception of the situation. My faith does not lie in the trouble that surrounds me; my faith lies in God. During a dry season, a tree's roots grow deeper to reach water. Likewise, in times of seeming difficulty, my faith grows deeper as I seek connection with God.


I foster faith by focusing my thoughts on God's powerful protection and limitless love. I feel divine love within and all about me. I see any difficult situation through new eyes, and my anxiety disappears. I move through the challenge with grace and ease.


My faith in God is strong, because I know that I am always enfolded in God's peaceful, loving presence.


"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith."--2 Timothy 4:7.Inspired by this message? Want to talk to friends about it? Share your thoughts here.Search past Daily Word messages by date, topic or keyword. Visit the archive.


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Boom Boom will not be on Gully Vs Gaza

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Dancehall artiste Boom Boom will not be among the performers for the advertised Gully vs Gaza scheduled to take place tonight at the Building (formerly Asylum).


According to Boom he was only yesterday asked to perform … that is after the adverts had been running for some time.


Boom says he has prior engagements and as such will not be able to perform. He apologies to his fans who were expecting to see him.





Scenes from Ishawana's Birthday Bash

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Scenes from Wet Sundays

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Scenes from Usain Bolt n Shelly-ann's Party

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Today's Daily Word - Tuesday, September 22, 2009

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A Shift

God guides me through seasons of change in my life.
As autumn begins and temperatures cool, the most noticeable change is a colorful display of leaves. But there is also a shift within me--a sense of fresh energy and excitement.


Visible changes remind me that all is evolving. Seeing God's transformational handiwork in nature triggers in me a deepening awareness of my potential for positive change. I find opportunities to grow closer to God and deeper in spiritual understanding.


Whether the changes I face are minor or monumental, I have the spiritual tools I need to meet them with confidence and faith. With trust in God, I am guided through the changes life brings.


"But I trust in you, O Lord; I say, 'You are my God.'"--Psalm 31:14
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No Fire at Foota Hype's House

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News spread like wildfire Monday evening that the residence of embattled Alliance selector, Foota Hype, had been burnt to the ground, However, it all proved to be nothing more than an unfounded rumour.


All evening into late last night, the selector was kept busy on his phone reassuring concerned family members, friends and fans that "everyting criss".


"Dem shoot up him mother house and now dem start rumour say the youth house burn dung. A pure eediat ting a gwaan," an insider told Yardflex.


"I don't really want to say anything except that is just rumours ... the house is fine," Foota Hype is quoted as saying.


Foota Hype is embroiled in a battle of sorts with deejay Mavado and the two have been publicly airing their grievances. They both hail from the Cassava Piece community known as 'the Gullyside'.


Following the shooting up of Foota Hype's mother's house two weeks ago, the Range Rover belonging to Mavado was reportedly shot up while parked at his upscale Armour Heights residence in upper St Andrew.


In a television interview on the weekend, Foota Hype, who has declared his innocence in that issue, described the alleged shooting up of the vehicle as mysterious.


The selector, however, was subsequently taken into custody on another matter relating to the alleged beating up of a resident from Cassava Piece and charged with assault. After spending a few days behind bars, he was released and appeared in court on Friday for a hearing into the matter.


Foota Hype's bail was extended.







Kingston, Montego Bay and New York are the cities chosen to be part of the celebrations for Gully God Mavado’s birthday. The festivities kick off in Miami at the swanky Opium, Hard Rock Cafe on Sunday October 25th.


With Mavado's international crossover appeal continuing to rise, its fitting that HOT97's Jabba and 99 Jamz' superstar DJ Khaled will be
the hosts of this event that promises a "gullyfull" of surprises as
Mavado and friends celebrate in style.


Stellar sound systems such as Innocent, Black Chiney, Massive B,
1-800-Bungie, Bashment Kid and more have all been confirmed for
October 25th inside Opium, Hard Rock Cafe.


Mavado is currently putting together his third album, due for release early next year, as well as continuing to collaborate with the world's hottest names in music. Having just voiced with Alicia Keys,
Mavado has also just finished recording on a collaboration with new sensation Drake that is sure to set the game on fire when it drops.





Bounty featured on Sheba Sahlemariam Remix

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Hard-hitting deejay Bounty Killer shows his softer, steamier side on a remix of the single, Love this Lifetime, recorded by songstress Sheba Sahlemariam


The Alliance CEO and Sheba, the cousin of Emperor Haile Selassie, have made what is considered a perfect link. Sheba did the song late this year and could not see a more perfect fit to remix this single than the Ground God himself. This project, once again underlines his versatility.


Bounty’s inclusion on the single has brought renewed excitement to the project, with Sheba now in Jamaica to shoot the video for the single.


“Jay Will is director of the Love this Life,” said Sheba.“I know he is going to make a big statement with this video as he has done with so many before. We are hoping it is going to revolutionize how videos are done and with the incorporation of Mr. Price we are looking forward to the end product.”


The video was completed over the weekend and will be ready to air in the coming weeks.








It's official. With almost a quarter-million records already sold outside of the United States, Sean Paul's fourth studio album, Imperial Blaze, is the dancehall superstar's biggest international debut to date.


Imperial Blaze has so far found it's way in 236,000 CD players, with record breaking sales in the reggae-dancehall hungry country of Japan, being RIAA certified gold in France, and top ten releases in Switzerland, Canada, and even as far as the United Arab Emirates.


Sean Paul expressed delight regarding the progress of the album on the international stage. "It's a good feeling and I'm happy - very happy that people like the music, and that they've been going out and getting the album," he said.


The Grammy-winning, platinum selling superstar has been on the road promoting his first album in four years. The work has been paying off, as Imperial Blaze has been setting charts on fire since its August release, and he's particularly proud of the success of the album in Japan.


"Number 1 in Japan is a big achievement for me. I'm especially proud of that, because outside of Jamaica, Japanese people are really the biggest consumers of dancehall music," he said.


Imperial Blaze is also leaving a fiery path on European charts and turning up the heat on radio stations and in clubs. Apart from being certified gold in France Imperial Blaze debuted at #8 in that country, #7 in the United Arab Emirates, #5 in Canada, #4 in Switzerland, #15 in Belgium, #17 in Austria, and #17 in Germany.


It was also the first ever Jamaican album to debut atop the Billboard Rap Charts. The wholly Jamaican produced project debuted atop the Billboard Reggae Charts, #3 on the Hip Hop/R&B Album charts, #12 on the Billboard 200, #9 on the Digital Albums, and #20 on the European Albums chart.


Sean Paul will be touring the world to support the album with his next stop being in Nigeria next week.







Sandals Resorts International (SRI), the operators of the Sandals and Beaches hotels, is looking to enter the corporate hotel sector arena in Kingston, which is dominated by the likes of the Jamaica Pegasus, the Kingston Hilton and the Hendrickson-run Courtleigh Hotel. The hotel will be called Sandals City and will be located on Kingston’s Oxford Road. It will mark a departure from SRI’s very successful all-inclusive concept.


Speaking with Caribbean Business Report from Kingston, SRI chairman Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart said: “We plan to build our own Sandals City hotel on Oxford Road, Kingston. The plans are in the works right now. It will be a corporate hotel with conference and banqueting rooms and a host of other facilities like spas, racquetball courts, tennis courts, gymnasium, you name it.


“I recently had a tour of the newly-opened Spanish Court Hotel and I was most impressed. Christopher Issa has done a marvellous job with it. He has defied the odds because it is a small lot yet he has managed to offer comprehensive facilities. It has the most beautiful pool. Christopher Issa has joined the Hendricksons as a leading corporate hotelier and I hope there is room for us as well.”


Sandals City will be placed where Mas Camp is currently located on Oxford Road. Stewart is of the view that this is a prime location and that the hotel will do well. The Sandals strategy may well be to take advantage of the fact that relative to the rest of the Caribbean, real estate prices are lower in Jamaica. According to the head of Coldwell Banker Jamaica, Andrew Issa, “You get a larger home and a larger lot than you would get in another island for one-fifth of the price.”


Therefore, it makes sense to purchase land now and then look to develop it once this economic and financial depression passes.


The current global crisis has not prevented Sandals from expanding and refining its product. Over the last two years it has developed the Mediterranean Village, a-188-family suites expansion at its Sandals Antigua hotel, and added the Italian Village to Beaches Turks & Caicos with an additional 180 suites with accompanying top class services. Only last month it acquired the Four Seasons in Great Exuma, the Bahamas, which it will now be called Sandals Emerald Bay.





Antoinette Haughton Off Attorneys List

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Attorney Antoinette Haughton-Cardenas has been struck off the roll of attorneys for misappropriating funds from one of her clients.


The Disciplinary Committee of the General Legal Council of Jamaica handed down its ruling last Thursday, following a hearing before a panel of three attorneys two Saturdays ago.


Colleagues of the one-time politician and former radio talk show host reportedly became suspicious after one of her clients complained that she had swindled him out of $2.3 million she had collected on his behalf from a real estate transaction.


The disbarred attorney was represented by Terrence Ballentine.
A legal source indicated that several other complaints against Haughton-Cardenas were before the disciplinary committee.


She is also facing fraud charges in the Corporate Area and St Thomas Resident Magistrate’s Courts.





Foota Hype Response

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Two Saturdays ago Mavado vented Onstage…and said a whole lot of things including the fact that he lent Foota Hype his car and a lot of other things. He even said at time he had helped out Foota Hype’s mother.


Well last Saturday Foota Hype got his moment in the spotlight to vent too and it was a whole different ball game.


Foota said he was the one who “buss” Mavado. He took his music to disc jocks, he was the one who introduced him to top producers and the first big interview he did, he was the one who hooked him up.


He said he didn’t have anything against Mavado and that the man who is referred to as the Gully God had changed.


He said all he asked is that Mavado leave he and his family alone.


Now listening to him it made us realize one thing…they both said said they don’t hate each other…so why is that the two can’t get along?


Oh well, we just have to wonder what the both of them are not saying.





Today's Daily Word - Monday, September 21, 2009

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World Peace


United in divine love, we walk a path of peace.


The words of a familiar song play in my mind as I dedicate myself to being a presence for peace: "Let there be peace on Earth, and let it begin with me."


Love is the foundation for peace. I pause to feel love for myself and for my family, my friends and my community. I further extend love to all people in every culture and country. Peace begins in me and encircles the world. Together we learn to respect one another's differences and know that we are all children of God.


Let us join together in a pilgrimage of peace--one step, one prayer, one act of forgiveness, one outstretched hand at a time. Let us consciously unite in divine love and walk a path of peace.


"Jesus said to them again, 'Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.'"--John 20:21.Inspired by this message? Want to talk to friends about it? Share your thoughts here.Search past Daily Word messages by date, topic or keyword. Visit the archive.


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Today's Daily Word - Sunday, September 20, 2009

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Guidance


Divine guidance moves me to new heights of wisdom and success.


When I seek direction for right thinking or right action, I rely on Spirit to show me the way. In prayer, I affirm guidance. I prepare to receive it by gently sweeping away any fear or doubt. I then imagine light streaming into my mind, illuminating my thoughts, sparking ideas and inspiring me to action.


My guidance comes in various ways: an understanding nudge, an inspired idea, a surprise encounter or a powerful inner knowing. Along with the awareness of what to do comes the ability to do it. I take each step with confidence, knowing divine guidance leads me to new heights of wisdom and success.


"O send out your light and your truth; let them lead me."--Psalm 43:3
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Today's Daily Word - Saturday, September 19, 2009

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In Touch


I am in touch with all of God's blessings.


Today I vow to stay in touch with God and all of God's blessings in my life. I am in touch with family, and I thank God for the valuable contribution each member makes to the whole family.


I am in touch with friends. I bless each of my friends daily and provide companionship, love and prayers for them. I am in touch with the needs of others. I give of myself with my time, energy or resources to aid and support those who need a helping hand.
I am in touch with beauty. I gaze with admiration at a sunrise, count the stars in the sky and give thanks for God's ever-present grandeur. I am in touch with God and all of God's blessings.


"May the Lord make you increase and abound in love fo