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The Bob Marley name, look and sound are estimated to generate an estimated $600 million a year in sales of unlicensed wares, according to a report from the Associated Press.. Legal sales, however, are much smaller — just $4 million for his descendants in 2007, according to Forbes magazine.


Heirs of the Jamaican reggae legend are plunging into the global trademark wars, seeking to enforce their exclusive rights to an image that has grown steadily in scope and appeal since the Jamaican superstar died of brain cancer in 1981 at age 36.


Now the family has hired Toronto-based Hilco Consumer Capital to protect their rights to the brand. Hilco CEO Jamie Salter believes Marley products could be a $1 billion business in a few years.


“The family managed all the rights before Hilco was brought on board,” said Marley’s fourth son, Rohan. “We didn’t have a real good grasp on the international scope prior to Hilco, nor the proper management.”


The turn to big business has stirred some grousing from die-hard fans in Internet chat rooms, who say it goes against the grain of a singer who preached non-materialism and popularised the Rastafarian credo of oneness with nature and marijuana consumption as a sacrament.


But Lorna Wainwright, who manages Tuff Gong, backed the move, saying “the world needs the Bob Marley police”.


“It’s a free-for-all out there with all the fakes, all the piracy,” she said. “It’s important to continue getting his real message out like when he was alive because the world is in a crisis and Bob Marley’s lyrics provide a solution.”


Rather than focusing on street vendors, who hawk everything from Bob Marley T-shirts to beach towels, the partnership is creating a new line of products dubbed ‘House of Marley’ and will police the trademark vigilantly.


Snowboards and tropical Jamaica may seem an odd pairing, but they’re among a wide variety of planned merchandise featuring the dreadlocked musician’s image, name or message — backpacks, stationery, headphones, musical instruments, restaurants.
Items are expected to hit the market in mid-2010.


Marley “would be amused to know that his face is being used to brand a wide range of products and services, some of which he himself might never have thought of using,” said Professor Carolyn Cooper, former coordinator of the reggae studies unit at Jamaica’s University of the West Indies.


But Cooper added in an interview that the Marley family is absolutely right to emulate the estates of Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson and other pop heroes in protecting the trademark. Presley’s estate brought in nearly $55 million in revenue last year.





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Today's Daily Word - Saturday, October 31, 2009

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Joy



Divine power fills me with joy today.


Like waves in the ocean or birds in the sky, I am uplifted by divine power expressing through me. As I pray and go about my activities, God is the power that fills me with joy. Just as energy moves the waves and wind lifts the birds, this joy radiates throughout my being, filling me with energy and enthusiasm for life.


I find joy in simple things like spending time with a friend or enjoying the beauty of nature. I am aware of the simple, joy-filled moments and collect them as treasures. Joy shapes my thoughts and flows out into my conversations and actions.


I experience joy as the truth of my being and the divine energy in my life.


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What a musician salt

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After him leave Jamaica and go Jamaica fi do some work wid di Japanese dem, dem beat him up no ends. Then he returns to his homeland and get beat up still!


No sir that just takes the cake.


The case is now before the courts involving a Japanese man who it is alleged attacked the musician over a tune. He is now being remanded in custody following the musician’s complaint to the police.


Investigation revealed also that the 27-year-old accused foreigner Takuya Nakamura, has overstayed his time in the island, is also charged for possession of ganja and a ‘chillum pipe’, which were found at his residence.


When he next appears in court a translator will be provided to assist him.


According to police report, on October 21, the musician visited the house where Nakamura was staying at Hibiscus Drive, Kingston 8, after he was contacted by the accused. While at the house Nakamura asked the complainant if he got the tune, but the complainant told him that the man, who was to deal with it said he could not split it.
Nackamura reportedly then told the complainant to stop acting the fool. He then attacked the complainant and kicked him in the chest and pushed him down on a bed, that he was sitting on and slapped him in the face.


The complainant tried to defend himself but was kicked repeatedly over his body by the accused.


The complainant was taken to the University Hospital of the West Indies on the following, day after he woke up in pain with his legs swollen.


Now you see why if Jamaicans are doing business with oriental folks they need to first do an intensive ninja course.







Now we have heard it all. A course for sex workers? Yes, we kid you not. 22 Prostitutes participated in a UN sponsored programme and graduated on Thursday from the skills training programme put on by Heather Little-White and Associates and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).


The male and females sex workers were exposed to cosmetology, housekeeping, culinary skllls in the course which began in September.


A sum of $1.2million was donated by UNAIDS toward the initiative.
The good thing about the whole deal is that the sex workers can now abandon their former profession and live off their new training.
The graduation ceremony was packed with motivational speeches and performances from Joan Andrea Hutchinson, Queen Ifrica, Tony Rebel and others.


“You are teaching me that there are people in Jamaica who still want good. People who have high hopes and big ambitions,” said Rebel, “Government need to come talk to Heather, why? Because this is a new method of fixing a problem in the country, if we want to fix our society now, we can’t just use the same old time method”.


Hutchinson told the graduates: “You have two choices, you can sit down and wait for things to happen or you can do something about it. What is commendable is that all of you inside here have chosen to do something about it”.


“You see the concept of putting limits on yourself, don’t let anybody put any limits on you. You put that limit on yourself,” she added.


Yardflex wishes them success on the new path they have taken.





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Today's Daily Word - Friday, October 30, 2009

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Harmony


I live in harmony with all expressions of life.


Today I hold the intention to notice and appreciate harmony in its many forms. I hear it in the music playing in the background, see it in the combination of furnishings and colors in a room, and experience it in the mutual agreement of time and place to meet a treasured friend.


I appreciate that I am a valued part of the harmony of all life. My uniqueness is an essential element of the human family and so is the individuality of others. When we respect one another's differences, we collectively enhance the whole.


With gratitude for life in all its countless forms, I live in partnership with God's creation.


"May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another."--Romans 15:5
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Fashion’s Nigh t Out this evening

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Finally! A bargain deal that makes sense! This evening for one night only between the hours of 5:00 pm and 10:00 pm over 300 stores across Kingston will be giving huge discounts to shoppers. They will be slashing as much as 70% off their cost.


This initiative is the brainchild of the Observer’s Novia McDonald Whyte and I for one will be hitting the streets later on to cash in on this huge bargain. Just think, clothes, shoes, handbags, the whole works are an amazing low price…you might not even be seeing this kind of a deal in the Christmas season again either!





Kartel to launch Street Vibes Thursdays tonight

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Tonight at The Building will be the first of a weekly event dubbed Street Vybz Thursdays, led by the Gaza head Vybz Kartel. According to the DJ its his way of giving back. He will be using proceeds from the event to aid in in buying computers for various schools in Portmore.


Fans will also be getting a chance to mix and mingle with the DJ on a weekly basis…as long as he doesn’t have any other show commitments.


Prizes can be won those nights and of course there won’t be any shortage of fun and excitement.


We must say this makes a pleasant change from all the negative vibes surrounding Gaza land.





Today's Daily Word - Thursday, October 29, 2009

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Inner Peace



I am a radiating center of peace.


Heat emanates from the core of the sun, where particles bump and collide, radiating energy and warmth. When I turn my face to the sun, I feel the power that is released from deep within it, benefitting me and all of planet Earth.


Deep within me, divine light radiates love and energy throughout my mind, body and spirit. Loving expressions emanate from the core of me, from my Christ nature.


I have within me all I need to radiate love and peace into the world.
Outward expressions of peace begin with inner peace. I focus and center myself on the Christ Light within, and every thought I hold and every word I speak are bathed in peace.


"Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, 'I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.'"–John 8:12.Inspired by this message? Want to talk to friends about it? Share your thoughts here.


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Policeman under investigation killed in Florida

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A Jamaican policeman who recently fled the island after being placed under investigation for driving a stolen motor vehicle has been killed in the United States.


Hasting Clarke, 32, who was attached to the Organised Crime Investigation Division (OCID), was stabbed to death on the weekend in Coconut Creek, South Florida.


It is understood that Mr. Clarke fled Jamaica three weeks ago.


He was suspended from the Force for driving a stolen motor vehicle which was being used as evidence in a case in which he was the investigating officer.


Mr. Clarke eluded his fellow officers and boarded a plane at the Norman Manley International Airport when he got wind of the investigation.


The policeman however met his demise when the angry ex-boyfriend of a female friend he was visiting barged into her house on Saturday morning in Coconut Creek, South Florida.


According to police reports, the policeman was at 36-year-old Joy Stewart's house about 1'oclock when 28-year-old Paul Gayle barged in.


The police say Mr. Gayle was apparently upset over their recent break-up.


It is understood that the policeman who went to Miss Stewart's defense was stabbed several times by Mr. Gayle who was armed with a knife.


He died on the spot.


Miss Stewart escaped with minor injuries.


Mr. Gayle is charged with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and armed burglary.





VP Records presents the best of Morgan Heritage

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This must have compilation chronicles the favourites, highlights, and rarities celebrating the talented family's journey.


Since their 1997 VP Records debut, Protect Us Jah, Morgan Heritage has positioned themselves as one of Reggae's best bands. The accomplishments of the group and individual members are formidable; as songwriters, producers and a touring band. This family of talented performers has released eight studio and two live albums which has extended the audience and definition of Reggae. This finely honed modern roots identity, which has made Morgan Heritage one of Reggae's most enduringly successful acts, is showcased throughout this greatest hits CD/DVD compilation, The Journey Thus Far, in stores October 27.


This comprehensive disc features the group's finest recordings to date, plus two previously unreleased tracks. It also features concert footage of The Morgans performing in Senegal and Gambia plus nine of the group's most popular videos.


The CD commences with the title track from Protect Us Jah a simple yet heartfelt prayer for spiritual strength sung over Bobby Digital's brilliant reworking of the Heathen rhythm, an instrumentation from the Bob Marley song by that name.


Other tracks include Don't Haffi Dread, which remains one of the most requested in the group's hit-filled repertoire with its easily sung, catchy refrain. Two of the biggest reggae hits of 2004/2005 were produced on enormously popular one-drop rhythms by Donovan 'Don Corleon' Bennett and included on Heritage's 2005 VP Records release Full Circle. Peetah earned cheers from women everywhere as he rebuffed the advances of Your Best Friend on the Drop Leaf rhythm while, Tell Me How Come?


on the Seasons rhythm forcefully decries the injustices that abound in Jamaica from the continual fight against Rastafari, to the discrepancy in education offered to rich and poor children.


From the group's 10th Album Mission in Progress released by VP in 2008, Brooklyn and Jamaica produced by Shane Brown, draws gritty parallels between reggae's birthplace and the borough of kings, home to the largest population of Jamaicans off of the island.


The Journey Thus Far demonstrates Morgan Heritage's collective building process and their extraordinary evolution from a precociously talented teen aggregation into one of contemporary Reggae's most powerful sonic and lyrical forces. Throughout their profound journey, Morgan Heritage has pioneered Jamaican music's popularity in such far flung locales as the Seychelles Islands in the Indian Ocean to the rural Northern US, where many residents had never even heard the word reggae prior to their appearances there and they've made roots reggae relevant to a generation of fans who weren't yet born when Jamaican icons such as Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, and Dennis Brown were touring the world.





Seniors Learning to Use the Computer

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For most persons, retirement is a time for relaxation, after years of contributing to the development of the country. However, for some it's a time to learn a new skill or to further their education.


In an interview with JIS News, Parish Organiser for the National Council for Senior Citizens (NCSC) in Manchester, Mrs. Estella Dyer-Crawford, says that senior citizens are valuable assets, and programmes have been developed to expose them to skills they can apply in their daily lives.


"Our seniors here in Manchester go to the parish library where they get basic training in computer skills. We also have the National Council for Senior Citizens' Competitions and we have the Spelling Bee competition. The programmes are geared for our seniors to expose their knowledge and interact with the younger persons and to be useful citizens in society," she says.


Recently, some 19 senior citizens graduated from a computer course offered by the Manchester Parish Library, and Mrs. Dyer-Crawford notes that it was well received by community members, especially the elderly.


"I realise that with the library, they get there before 9 o'clock and some of the seniors report that when they go back home, their grandchildren actually help them with the Spelling Bee. So, what is happening is that they have this relationship with the youngsters, a sort of bonding, and now are able to move along with the changes when we have them involved in all these educational programmes," she tells JIS News.


"They were excited about it, with a few asking, can I manage? They were willing to go and try, because as seniors you do not want to be left out. Nobody is writing letters now and they need to hear from the children and other members of the family who are abroad. Some of the grandchildren have bought their grandparents computers, so that they can correspond with them," she adds.


The 19 senior citizens were presented with certificates of participation at a ceremony, which was held on September 15, at the Mandeville Parish Church Hall, in Manchester.


Mr. Glenford Bromfield and his wife, Laura, are senior citizens who have grasped the opportunity offered by the Manchester Parish Library to learn something new about the computer. They were introduced to basic computer skills, which they now use to communicate with their children abroad.


"We heard about it through the senior citizen movement and we volunteered to join the classes. I was very impressed after I went to the library and saw what they were doing. A lot of the people were younger than I, and it seems as if it was just another going back to school (activity)," Mr. Bromfield says.


"It was really exciting until the time of graduation. I am hoping that I could go further, but lightening hit my laptop, but if the library could give us further courses or even if somebody has to contribute towards it, I would be very appreciative of it," he adds.


Mr. Bromfield says other senior citizens should use the opportunities given to them to learn something new.


"I think it would help some persons, and some have already done that. I think you should go back to get further training and further experience. I am just excited about this programme and I never know that people of our age would be excited about something like the computer. But we have learnt now and have seen that it is the thing of the day, so we should learn as much as we can," he says.





Digicel responds to LIME lawsuit

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Telecommunications provider Digicel has issued a stinging response to a lawsuit brought against it by its rival LIME.


In a statement to the media Digicel dismissed LIME's claim as a desperate attempt to cling on to its crumbling monopoly on the local land-line market.


It added that the action by its rival is aimed at forcing it to hike the prices of its fixed wireless product for business customers-- a move which it has vowed to resist.


The suit, filed in the Supreme Court on Monday is part of LIME's efforts to get Digicel to lower the rates it charges for its land-line customers to call Digicel mobile phones.


LIME is also seeking to recover damages of more than $100 million which it claims has been lost because of Digicel's pricing structure.


In the suit, LIME claims that in January, Digicel started to charge LIME's landline customers as much as $8.50 per minute to call Digicel mobile customers.


LIME says Digicel was then charging its own landline customers only $4 per minute for comparable calls.


LIME is maintaining that Digicel, by setting a much higher termination rate for LIME to pay when its land-line customers call Digicel mobiles, has imposed discriminatory pricing.





Yawn, yawn…enough Bounty, Kartel

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We thought that Bounty went on stage and indicated that there comes a time when you must move from being a boy to a man. He said he was finished with the foolishness and many embraced his new attitude. In fact that was what earned him the huge forwards when he stormed the stage in Sumfest. He totally redeemed himself with a new attitude, one that many dancehall fans love.


We can’t but think this is another stunt orchestrated to build up a vibes for the upcoming Sting. With the economy in shambles and people will now have to make hard choices about the entertainment event they support, it’s a good drawing card to appeal to the blood thirsty dancehall fans who enjoys a good clash to save towards.


However, we long for the day when all this foolishness is eliminated from the dancehall and people can once again listen to “feel good” songs. Now I don’t know what to call these things blaring from the boom boxes…a tracing match or mob scene.







Dancehall is not the only thing that is shadowed by brawls and violence. But it’s not surprising that hip hop is plagued with the same curse as they two walk hand in hand.


During Akon and T-Pain’s gig in Australia 18 people were injured and several hospitalized when rival gangs collide.


According to a story posted on EURweb.com rival gangs in Melbourne, Australia clashed during a concert featuring Akon and T-Pain on Sunday (Oct. 25), leaving 18 people injured -- 11 of them hospitalized and treated for lacerations, bruises and other minor injuries.


The artists were headlining a show at the HiSense Arena when gangbangers in the audience started tripping. At one point, Akon jumped into the crowd to try and stop the violence, but to no avail.


"I don't know if y'all know how hard it took me to get here," Akon said from the shoulders of a security guard. "It took me almost two years for Australia to let me back in the country and I'm not going to let them f**k up our concert tonight."


Akon had been unable to get a work permit in Australia due to his prior criminal record.


One man was arrested in Sunday's melee for assaulting and knocking a security guard unconsciousness.

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Today's Daily Word - Wednesday, October 28, 2009

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Contribution


I am love in action, contributing to the well-being of others.


God's love expresses through me to bless others. I perceive the people with whom I interact as the children of God they truly are. I look for opportunities to be of help, to appreciate and to make a positive contribution.


I find many opportunities to give from my heart. I extend a wave and a warm smile to a neighbor, call or e-mail a friend or relative, or give time and attention to someone in need.


I look beyond the outer persona of those who seem unfriendly or impolite and behold their true essence. For all those I meet or think of today, I say a silent blessing: I behold the Christ in you. I visualize you whole, happy, prosperous and peaceful.


"Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God."--1 John 4:7.Inspired by this message? Want to talk to friends about it? Share your thoughts here.


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Scenes from Uptown Mondays

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Scenes from Hustle the money Boat Ride

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Today's Daily Word - Tuesday, October 27, 2009

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A Way


God is my help in every need.


In "The Prayer of Faith," Hannah More Kohaus begins: "God is my help in every need. God does my every hunger feed. God walks beside me, guides my way, through every moment of the day."


With God, there is always a way to meet life's challenges, to rise above what appear to be limiting circumstances. There is always a way to restore wholeness and peace of mind, to experience joy and to grow in spiritual understanding. God is the loving, all- providing presence within me, the unwavering principle of truth and love.


God brings forth the good in any situation. I turn within to God in prayer with faith and expectancy, knowing there is a way through any shadow into the light. "God, I am listening. God, I will abide in you. You are my help in every need."


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Scenes from Wet Sundays

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Rohan Marley to ’stir up’ Reggae Marathon

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KINGSTON, Jamaica: As plans are finalized for the ninth staging of the Reggae Marathon, the Half Marathon and the 10K race in Negril, on December 5, the Jamdammers Running Club of Kingston – the organizers of the event, has announced that Rohan Marley, son of the iconic Bob Marley, will be among the VIP participants.


An avid football player and entrepreneur, Rohan Marley, co-founder of the organically Blue Mountain grown “Marley Coffee”, will be joining participants from other countries as diverse as Brazil, South Africa and Finland, as they take to the course in what has become an eagerly anticipated event. His participation will be filmed for a television series to be aired on the travel channel in the USA and other internationally syndicated channels in 2010.


“This is good news not only for the Marathon event but also for Jamaica,” stated President of the Jamdammers Running Club, Tanya Miller. “Our trophies for the winners are named in honor of Bob and Rita Marley and the fact that a member of the Marley family will actually be participating this year, adds to the excitement of the race. Of course we also welcome the additional international television exposure which will be of immense value to the event as well as for Jamaica,” she added.


Race Director Alfred Francis is also pleased with the “continuing interest in Reggae Marathon, both from our own Jamaican, as well as overseas participants, despite the all around belt tightening because of the global recession.”


Francis said: “Staging the event each year continues to be a challenge and we thank all our faithful sponsors such as Digicel and Pan Caribbean for their continued support. At the same time we would welcome participation from other sponsors as well as additional governmental support.”


Your Ad HereHe added, however, “people are still excited to come to Jamaica and they are being inspired to participate in Reggae Marathon for a variety of reasons, whether it is the need to travel, get fit or to honor someone who has been affected by a ‘life style’ disease.” He mentioned Jamaican-Canadian Chris Morales who has registered for the event and will be running in memory of his father. Chris also plans to raise $10,000 for the Canadian Diabetes Association and has also inspired other members of his family to join him.


Other groups that have also registered include, “Sisters in Motion”, (whose goal is to “encourage adult African-American women of all ages to become physically active in a supportive and non-threatening environment through regular exercise”); The Canadian “Running Girlz”; “Joints in Motion” (the Arthritis Foundation of the USA Chapter); as well as the “Yellow Bird Runners,” (both of whom will be making their second visit to Jamaica for the marathon event).


These overseas groups and individuals, Francis said “will be joined in Negril by our own Jamaican charity partners, including the Heart Foundation of Jamaica; corporate teams; those who have competed in the Burger King–Jamdammers Grand Prix Series and hundreds of other individuals.”


Race activities begins on Thursday, December 3, with registration being conducted at the Swept Away Sports Complex, this will be followed by the Pasta Party and Village Bash on December 4. The Marathon event will begin at 5:15 a.m. on Saturday, December 5, at the Long Bay Beach Park. The Finish Line Victory Party and awards ceremony will be held after the race on Negril’s West,

Source: TrackAlert





Les Green’s comment starts a fire

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Assistant Commissioner Les Green has started a fire with his comments when he hit out against the corrupt police in the force. Many police officers have taken issue with the statement…but let’s be real here. What are they really arguing about, it’s not as if the assistant commissioner was telling a lie.


Right now one of the top cops is facing a court case for extortion, there are a lot of cops who have built big houses, set up big businesses from their corrupt affairs…and some of these killings that you here involving police are resulting from their deals gone bad.


It’s time to take the off the tinted glasses and call a spade a spade. The main reason why crime continues to soar is that some of the people who are placed with the responsibility to protect and serve are no longer doing that.


They are more concerned with lining their pockets and accounts from the spoils. Too many are using the government’s bullets to make a profit from it, selling it to bad men in the streets instead of using it to defend tax paying people.


If the good ones are offended by Les Green’s statement, then hush, but many of these good ones know about the corrupt activities of their fellow cops and choose to remain silent…so at the end of the day, they deserve to share in the blame too.







Well the book is finally out, for you all who want to dig into Prodigal Son and Joan Whilby’s marital affairs then you can do that by buying her book which she launched the other day. The book entitled From Brokenness to Victory talks about her loneliness, abuse and of course the victory she found.


Now that she has told her side of the story, people are wondering if Prodigal Son will be talking up the tings any time soon. What will he say we wonder?





Today's Daily Word - Monday, October 26, 2009

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Grace


I move gracefully through life as the Christ presence guides me.


The familiar phrase "Nobody's perfect!" may help me accept a human failing or setback and keep it in perspective. But in Truth, through grace, the correct phrase is actually "Everybody's perfect!"
There is a part of each and every creation that is perfect--the Christ presence within. This divine aspect of my being is ever- present. Before any activity or decision, and especially if I don't feel up to the task at hand, I turn within and call upon my inner strength and divine perfection.


The power and presence of the Christ within is always available to help me gracefully move through life. While it may seem at times that "nobody's perfect," all is perfect through the grace of God.
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Today's Daily Word - Sunday, October 25, 2009

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Prosperity


I am open to abundance and prospered in every way.


As I greet the sun and behold the blessings of an abundant universe, my heart thrills to God's provision. I begin this day filled with a spirit of thanksgiving.


I am grateful for the many ways my life is enriched, for the loving relationships, supportive surroundings and creative outlets for expressing my own God-given gifts.


As I use my gifts to touch the lives of others, I am even more blessed in return. Giving from the abundance that comes my way, I am assured that by sharing, I open to even greater prosperity and fulfillment.


My appreciation for God's blessings grows with each passing day.
"Your heart shall thrill and rejoice, because the abundance of the sea shall be brought to you."--Isaiah 60:5.Inspired by this message? Want to talk to friends about it? Share your thoughts here.


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Men: Careful how you buy women

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One man who negotiated a deal with a female prostitute in May Pen was in for a rude awakening when he found out that the ‘she’ was in fact a ‘he’.


When the amorous man started fondling the woman, he discovered that it was all a sham and it was at this point that things got ugly. The shim drew a knife and the two started struggling. It was this struggle that eventually caught the police attention.


The police say they noticed the two involved in a dispute in a Toyota Mark II motorcar parked at a lonely spot near a petrol station along Manchester Avenue.


The police took both persons to the May Pen Police Station where it was discovered that the 'woman' was actually a man dressed in drag.


Police say they suspect that the cross-dresser is a prostitute and had sought to sell his wares to the unsuspecting male customer, who was riding a bicycle on Manchester Avenue when he was approached by the prostitute.


The man was reportedly beside himself with rage upon discovering that he was intimately





Today's Daily Word - Saturday, October 24, 2009

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World Peace


Our expressions of love and compassion create a world at peace.


With every loving thought we hold, every kind word we express, we contribute to a world at peace. Each of us has the power to love and the ability to be patient and forgiving, no matter what is happening. Even in the appearance of turmoil and trouble, we can affirm: Peace, be still. We can still troubled waters with the power of our love.


As we go about our day, we express compassion wherever possible. As we pray, we see the divine good in our loved ones and we inspire others. Centered in the divine nature of our being and the oneness that we are, we are powerful. Our smallest acts combine with the actions of others to create a world at peace, a world that works for all.


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YardFlex Hot Charts

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A who have AIDS?

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A true…nah sah, mi nah believe dey one dey. Dem have it a talk sey di top entertainer have AIDS but him a hold it dung. No, mi nah talk di tiad rumour wid Elephant Man either, is one dat woulda shock unno fi find out. And di ting bout it is that it woulda real serious if a true cause di amount a woman whey him one sleep wid woulda mean sey a nuff nuff people a Jamaica and foreign get it through him alone. Dats why mi always sey ynuh, if unna a guh bat, go wid unno shield, cause just because artistes big and got money nuh mean sey unno can trust up unnoself to dem.





Entertainment world mix up bad

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No bwoy, mi head a hot mi, in fact it still a spin from all a di mix up whey inna entertainment. Big big female dancer whey look sexy and ting, she just a go round and a sleep wid di entertainment personalities dem suh…from DJ to top man inna di biz. Yuh name it she nuh care, she just it fling it pon dem suh. My girl it nuh sound good, people a chat yuh nuff behind yuh back. Yuh look too good fi a guh around a gi whey tings careless suh. Lawks man, have some pride and focus pony uh career nuh!





What’s di difference?

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Is how come certain DJ love lick out gainst homos and gwaan di most ways and mi buck up a few browning whey a chat how him get him groove on when him have sex wid har inna har bottom, lawks, mi caan tink bout it at all. It hot mi ynuh, cause mi did really rate deh DJ deh, but afta dis, mi just a wonda what’s di difference if you do a woman behind and a man own…nuh di same batty?





Today's Daily Word - Friday, October 23, 2009

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Let Go, Let God


I let go and let God free me for greater good.


If ever I feel caught up in a web of negative or repetitive circumstances, I do not lose hope in finding a solution. This is my opportunity to meet the challenge squarely and spiritually by turning to God, my powerful ally, for assistance.


I pause and redirect my attention away from the situation itself toward God within. This helps me reconnect with Spirit present within me and within all circumstances. I consciously let go of any anxious thoughts, and I feel the grip of negativity loosening.


I remain still in prayer and let God's presence raise my understanding so that I know the way forward. I let go and let God free me for greater good.


"My eyes are ever toward the Lord, for he will pluck my feet out of the net."--Psalm 25:15.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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Scences from Weddy Weddy

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Reggae artist Buju Banton didn't realize "faggot" had become a bad word.


At least, that's the story according to friends and colleagues of the artist, who stood in front of Trincity/Palm Beach Club last night, watching the protesters rally across the street.


As we mentioned yesterday, protesters affiliated with various gay rights groups had prepared to protest the artist's appearance in Deep Ellum last night. And sure enough, dozens of people holding flags and signs stood behind police barricades and shouted over Main Street at the club during Banton's show.


"Attention Palm Beach Club!" said Daniel Cates, co-founder of Equality March Texas, as he lifted a loud speaker to his mouth. "By allowing Buju Banton to perform this evening, you are promoting the brutal execution of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. We will not stand for murder music in our community."


Leaning against the club's wall was Gramps Morgan, who was on tour with Banton as his opening act.


"Hear that?" said Morgan, in disbelief. "They're calling it murder music... You cannot call reggae music murder music."


The ugly truth? Many of the protesters hadn't listened to Buju Banton's music. They had only read about the inflammatory lyrics on various Web sites--and they believed them.


"I don't listen to his music," said Lividia Violette, 24.


Another activist, Rick Vanderslice, said he had only read about the lyrics online on a gay rights activist site. "I've not listened to them, but seen them in print."


And finally, Blake Wilkinson of Queer LiberAction, said he also read about on-line: "The lyrics come from news sources which I thought were reputable," said Wilkinson.
Back across the street, Morgan waved off the protest.


"They have no idea what they're protesting about," he said. "They just got news because they're united. It shows you how powerful unity can be. They got news from their heads and they're just rolling with it."


But several news sites were quoting Banton as telling a Jamaican newspaper that "the war between me and the faggot" seemed far from over. Morgan didn't deny that Banton had indeed said that--just that the meaning of his words had been twisted.


In San Francisco, Banton had met with the gay community. Both sides had agreed to bridge the culminating divide. However, later that evening, protestors showed up to Banton's performance regardless. And that's when Banton commented about the continuing war.


The use of the derogatory term, however, was harder to explain. The group outside of the club, mostly from the Caribbean, admitted that Jamaica was more or less a "homophobic island."


In fact, during a conversation with the evening's DJ, the word came up again. When asked why he chose to use the term, the man seemed confused.


"So, they are not?" said the DJ. "Oh, I didn't know faggot was bad ... In Jamaica it's norm. Here, I didn't know it's offensive to them."


And this is the same explanation Morgan gave for his touring partner Banton.


"[Banton] had a meeting with his manager and some other people and he was educated about the word," said Morgan. "He said, 'I didn't know it offended them.'"


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Today's Daily Word - Thursday, October 22, 2009

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Wholeness


I am whole and well.


I have access to the healing power that Jesus demonstrated in His ministry. I proclaim my wholeness and elevate my consciousness to that of the Christ consciousness.


In Christ consciousness, there is no disease and no lack. Rather, there is only vibrant health and well-being. Whatever symptoms or prognoses may confront me, I meet them with faith and remain confident in the healing activity in each cell of my body.


In prayer, I am guided to the right course of treatment. I surround myself with positive friends and professionals. I achieve a sense of peace and well-being. Throughout the healing process, I deepen my Christ consciousness and I experience radiant wholeness.


"Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these."--John 14:12.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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JAMAICAN LABOR BROKER CONVICTED

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NORFOLK, Virginia – Clover May Robinson-Gordon, 44, of Montego Bay, St. James, Jamaica, was found guilty of one count of conspiracy and five counts of money laundering by a federal jury after the conclusion of an eight-day trial before United States District Judge Mark S. Davis. She is scheduled to be sentenced on February 1, 2010, and faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison for the conspiracy count and twenty years in prison for each of the five money laundering counts. Her husband and co-defendant, O’Brian Barrington Gordon, was found not guilty of the same counts. Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, made the announcement today.


According to evidence and trial testimony, Clover May Robinson-Gordon conspired with the Viktar Krus organization in Virginia Beach, Virginia, in H2B visa fraud and then internationally laundered the unlawful proceeds. Viktar Krus and twenty-one other foreign nationals and U.S. citizens were indicted on January 13, 2009, for massive immigration-related fraud. Krus, the organizer and leader, was sentenced on July 17, 2009 to 87 months’ imprisonment after being convicted on conspiracy, visa fraud, and tax evasion charges.


Today’s announcement is the result of the investigative work of the Eurasian Organized Crime Task Force. The task force was established by the U.S. Attorney’s Norfolk (Virginia) Division in 2007 and is comprised of agents with the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement; the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigations Division; the U.S. State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service; the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of the Inspector General; the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the Social Security Administration Office of Inspector General; the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network; the U.S. Postal Inspection Service; the FBI’s Norfolk Field Office; the Naval Criminal Investigative Service’s Norfolk Field Office; and the Virginia Beach Police Department.





Scenes from Boasy Tuesdays

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Gramps Morgan - One in a Million / Come Back to Bed

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Di "tell all book" haffi write

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Who’s gonna write the ‘tell all’ book on the lives of these entertainers and their wives, mistresses, baby mothers and other one-night stands? unno realize sey if one of dem have a serious disease -- we nah call no name -- all of dem a go ketch it. Tek for instance the wife of one deejay who did deh wid Missa Fire Pon Rome, while she still deh wid har husband and him still have a bag a gal outta road. Then she lef’ har husband and go deh wid a next deejay and get pregnant fi him. And the same deejay have a young baby mother who not too long give birth and still him name a call pon another baby inna belly – so dat is three different baby mother fi di one deejay.





Dis yah gal yah bad....she good eeh !

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But that girl deh good eeh? How you can married to one deejay and oonu don’t even divorce yet and yet you gone breed fi a next deejay? And when you husband did want baby, you flip up and sey how him nuh stable so you nah bring no pickney inna dat deh relationship. But how much better is this one? That is what people are asking. From di looks of it, the deejay who you choose busy like hell a get him groove on and a try skip round paternity tests and all these tings. We know seh times hard and you big vehicle get repossess and ting, but you a girl who know how fi play you cards right, cause a long time you a do dis ting. Goodness girl, you coulda did wait till the divorce come through before you go skettel out the ting so. We hope say when baby born we don’t hear say a paternity test is required. Maybe you should compare notes with ‘S’.





Mr Lexx to answer to rape charge in US November 2

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Dancehall deejay Christopher Palmer, better known as Mr Lexx is booked to appear in court in the United States on November 2. Mr Lexx was granted bail in the sum of US$2,500 when he appeared in court to answer to a rape charge in the United States on Saturday.


Allegations are that a report was made to the police last Friday morning, after which the deejay was picked up at the Holiday Inn in New York, where he was staying while on a visit to that country. Reports are that on the previous night he had sexually molested a woman who was also a guest at the hotel.


It has been revealed that the woman is a friend of Palmer and she is Jamaican.


Mr Lexx’s manager, Earlton Clarke, said the artiste was scheduled to leave the States on Saturday last, but he had to surrender his passport and will now have to remain in the US until the hearing on November 2.


Clarke is quoted as saying, “The matter is before the court, so I am unable to say much, except that this has come as a total shock for the artiste and it couldn’t have happened at a more inopportune time. Mr Lexx’s career is just starting to get back on a level and this is the kind of publicity that no artiste ever wants. But I have spoken to him and after hearing him relate the incident, I am standing by him to the end.” said Clarke, who was the deejay’s manager in his.


In the late 90’s Mr Lexx (then Lexxus) commanded attention in the dancehall with songs such as Gonna Make Some Money, Full Hundred and Cook.





Luciano’s trial set for February 2010

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Reggae’s self-proclaimed Messenger, Luciano, who is charged for harboring a wanted man, has his $60,000.00 bail bond extended when he appeared in court on Tuesday. He is scheduled to return to the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court for trial on February 2 next year.


In March, the singer was arrested and charged after an early morning shoot out between the police and a wanted man, Andrew “Shooty Shooty” Senior, at Luciano’s Westminster Crescent studio.


Reports are that the police went to the studio in search of Shooty Shooty who was wanted for several counts of shooting and murder. During a fierce gun battle, Shooty Shooty was killed and three police officers were injured.


Luciano was subsequently charged for harbouring the fugitive. He however has maintained his innocence as it regards to Shooty Shooty’s background and says that the wanted man was never a member of his security team, as was alleged.






Is there anything Usain Bolt can’t do?

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He is the world’s fastest man! There is no doubt about it, we are so used to winning his 100M and 200M that the only thing we need to do these days is to just guess about the times he will be doing it in.


But then Chris Gayle hosted a 15/15 Cricket match with the proceeds going to charity and guess who took part…Usain of course. He held his own with the bat in his hand and when it was time for him to bowl, he clean bowled Chris Gayle…well Gayle did manage to hit a six off him first.


Then came that football match where Bolt dribbled the ball and kicked it straight into the net!


Not lying of course, this man is something else.





Bogle’s brother wants asylum in the UK

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Reports out of the United Kingdom (UK) say the brother of slain Jamaican entertainer Gerald Levy, more popularly known as Bogle, has told immigration officials there that he fears he will lose his life if he is deported to Jamaica.


The Birmingham Mail says Lennox Russell failed in his application for asylum in the UK and has revealed he was the subject of death threats following the murder of his brother.


In 2005, Mr. Levy was gunned down with four others by two men as they stopped in a Kingston gas station.


Lennox Russell has been living in the UK for 12 years and married a British national.


However, immigration officials have now deemed that he is safe to travel and ordered him home claiming he is not at risk in his homeland.


The 40 year-old, who has three children in the UK, says he would rather die in Britain than in Jamaica.


The newspaper says Gail Adams, the UK Border Agency's Regional Director, has suggested that Mr. Russell has the right to return to Jamaica and apply for permission to live in the UK as the married partner of a British national.







The TIB Bank of the Keys amphitheater, built at a cost of about $1 million, in Islamorada Founders Park is the site of the Bayjama Reggae Fest, Saturday, Nov. 21. Photo by Jill Zima Borski.


Ky-Mani Marley, son of the late reggae singer Bob Marley, is the headliner of the Bayjama Reggae Fest, Saturday, Nov. 21 from 2-10 p.m. outdoors at Islamorada Founders Park hosted by Islamorada Community Entertainment.


Marley will be joined by the rocking reggae of Kevens and special guests, the Dalai Lama’s Tibetan Monks from the Drepung Gomang Monastery, who will bless the crowd and venue, and offer chants and prayer for peace.


General Admission is $20 in advance, with tickets available at TIB Bank locations or online, and $25 at the gate. The family-friendly, waterfront site at mile marker 87 bayside does not allow coolers or backpacks but dogs on a leash are welcome. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Food, drinks including beer, and an array of fine vendors and art will be on hand.


Ky-Mani Marley’s first musical appearance was in 1996 when he recorded Like Father Like Son, an album consisting of cover versions of some of his father’s songs. His next album, 1999’s The Journey, received mass critical acclaim, and achieved relatively good sales. His 2001 album, Many More Roads, was nominated for a Grammy Award for best reggae album.


Islamorada, Community Entertainment, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing entertainment and cultural events to Upper Keys residents, provides musical and arts scholarships to local students. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.keysice.com. For information about Islamorada, visit www.fla-keys.com.


Source: Examiner.com







Reggae singer Colin ‘Iley Dread’ Levy is near the completion stage of the video shoot for his red hot single Are You Sure.


The song has been enjoying crazy rotation on both the local and international airwaves. No one could be happier about the song’s success than Iley Dread.


The singer is promising “a wicked video” and according to him, if you liked the song, then the video will be just as entertaining.


The video will be included on the Better Dub medley and Iley is promising a really great story line for his fans.


While not giving away much regarding the details of the shoot, Iley says a very popular radio personality will be playing the role of the police in the video.


The video is scheduled to hit the airwaves in the next two weeks.


Meanwhile the single continues to gain new grounds in the States, the singer is expecting bigger things from it after the video is premiered.





Today's Daily Word - Wednesday, October 21, 2009

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Comfort


God is my source of strength and comfort.


In times of transition, the spirit of God enfolds me in a powerful, healing love--whether I am coping with the passing of a loved one, the loss of a job or the ending of a relationship. I experience the power of God's love during this time of inner, emotional healing, comforting me on the deepest level.


Divine love is my support, helping me put one foot in front of the other. I experience a sense of relief. My spirit lightens, and my heart fills with joy as I recall the people and situations that have helped me grow.


Honoring the past and embracing the future, I am grateful for my life's experiences and I accept new blessings to come.
"Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me."--Psalm 23:4.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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Hottie Hottie of the Week

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Scenes from Uptown Mondays

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Today's Daily Word - Tuesday, October 20, 2009

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Forgive


I choose to forgive, and I am at peace.


When I consider what I value in life, I realize the importance of inner peace. Jesus taught forgiveness throughout His ministry. He knew that peace cannot be expressed in an angry heart.


Whenever I feel resentment, I choose to forgive. I forgive myself, knowing that at any given time, I am doing the best I can. I immerse myself in love for myself and others, because love transforms every hurt. As I love and forgive, I feel my burdens lift.


I open myself to God's unconditional love and extend God's love to others. I accept forgiveness.


Peace is what I want, and forgiveness is the way. I accept what is and live in peace.


"Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you."--Ephesians 4:32.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 Pj's Boat ride

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Scenes from Wet Sundays

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Cops charge Bounty for small bag of weed

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A small bag of marijuana is the latest offence on deejay Bounty Killer’s rap sheet.


This, the police confirmed in a statement issued on Sunday and which has even been carried by international news agency, the Associated Press. Referring to the deejay as “Jamaican rapper Bounty Killer”, the AP release stated that the artiste “is in trouble with the police again”. Authorities have charged him with marijuana possession after a traffic stop in New Kingston.


The entertainer whose offstage name is Rodney Price already is being prosecuted on previous charges of illegal possession of a firearm and unlawful wounding and assault.


Police said in a statement Sunday that Price was found with a small bag of marijuana on Thursday.


Price’s attorney could not be reached. A November court appearance is scheduled.


The rapper is best known for the album My Xperience and his collaboration on the song Hey Baby with No Doubt.





Peter Tosh - Johnny Be Goode

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My fellow Jamaicans

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Prime Minister, Hon. Bruce Golding M.P

Today, we honour the heroes of our land. We celebrate, in particular, the lives and accomplishments of the six men and one woman we have declared as our National Heroes. Theirs was a vision that saw in us and for us, what we may not have been able to see ourselves. Theirs was the courage that challenged all obstacles and conquered all fear. Theirs was a loyalty and dedication to their people that knew no bounds. Theirs is a legacy that now and forever belongs to us.


Decades and centuries after they have left us, we remember them and we remind ourselves that we could not have been who we are, we could not have come this far were it not for them. We have a duty not just to them but to ourselves to remember them. Marcus Garvey was so right: "A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture are like a tree without roots".


It is in this vein that today we honour 105 persons for the significant contribution they have made to our country in so many different fields - in the arts, sports, business, agriculture, the public service, education, law, human rights advocacy, community service and acts of gallantry. They have followed in the path of our National Heroes. They are heroes in their own right. And so can all of us be. So, indeed, should all of us be, for we have it in us - each of us - to be a hero for Jamaica.


We may not make the headlines; we may not receive individual awards; we cannot all be declared national heroes. But each of us can be a hero in how we live our lives and in the simple but important things we do:


* How we raise our children and how we treat other people's children;


* How we help and care for those who can't help and care for themselves;


* How we respect the rights of each other and act justly toward each other;


* How we build our communities so that we can live peacefully, safely and happily together;


* How we keep our environment from which all of us must draw sustenance;


* What we do and how we contribute to making Jamaica the greatest place on earth to live.


Last week, Parliament commenced debate on a new Charter of Rights. It is an important measure to strengthen and guarantee the rights of every Jamaican for which our National Heroes fought so hard and for which some of them sacrificed their lives.


The fight for freedom may have been won and our rights may have been secured through the toil and sacrifices of those we proclaim as our national heroes but the price of freedom is eternal vigilance and the cause of justice can never end.


Today we salute Nanny of the Maroons, Samuel "Daddy" Sharpe, Paul Bogle, George William Gordon, Marcus Mosiah Garvey, William Alexander Bustamante and Norman Washington Manley.


They remain not just a memory of a distant past but our hope for the future because they symbolize the spirit of which great nations are made and they embody the qualities of the great people we can be.


Amid all the challenges and difficulties we face, "look inside you and be strong and you'll finally see the truth,.that a hero lies in you".


God bless Jamaica.





Another Caribbean Resort Goes Belly Up

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Pristine beaches, villas designed by famous architects and the endorsement of Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones wasn’t enough to keep yet another Caribbean resort from going belly up.


Lenders put the massive Dellis Cay development in the Turks and Caicos islands into receivership on Thursday, roughly a week after developer Turks Ltd. stopped construction. The resort was to include 25-room hotel, 78 for-sale condominiums and 17 villas, all managed by Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group.


Developers Cem Kinay and Oguz Serim of Turks Ltd., having failed to make Dellis Cay’s full interest payment on its debt Aug. 22, had stopped construction at Dellis Cay last week as they attempted to negotiate a compromise with lender Trinidad and Tobago Unit Trust Corp. on the resort’s loan. The lender opted instead to take over the property by appointing William Tacon, an accountant in the British Virgin Islands, as receiver.


Messrs. Kinay and Serim had grandiose plans for Dellis Cay, a 560-acre island. Its villas, mansions and spa were designed by internationally renowned architects including Japan’s Shigeru Ban, London’s David Chipperfield and Milan’s Piero Lissoni. Construction started in 2008 with a targeted completion date of late 2010. Among those who bought villas at the resort are Mr. Douglas and Ms. Zeta-Jones.


Mr. Kinay has not given up. “This is certainly not the end,” he said in a statement provided by his press-relations representatives. “I have invested all I have into Turks and Caicos Islands, and I don’t have the intention to lose it all.”


Dellis Cay is the latest of numerous luxury resorts to halt construction across the Caribbean as financing dried up in the global recession and vacationers quit buying villas. The same fate befell a Westin in St. Lucia, a Four Seasons in Barbados, a Ritz-Carlton in West Caicos and a Westin in the Dominican Republic, among others.


Source: WSJ





There are a lot of Heroes around!

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By Rootzgirl



Today, as we celebrate National Heroes Day, let’s big up those who have put their lives on the line to make our lives better. Kudos to them who have sacrificed…their lives even to ensure that we have a freer Jamaica.


Flowers will be laid at our seven National Heroes graves and speeches will be made…nothing is wrong with that…but today, I am taking time out to big up our modern day heroes, who might not even hear a ‘thank you’ for all the sacrifices they have made.


Year after year the country presents badges, OJ and all kind of awards to those they deem worthy of them…nothing is wrong with that either.


This day is about giving credit to all the unsung heroes who day after day go about their sometimes thankless task…just because they care and want to.


Big up to all the single mothers who are using $3,000 a week to ensure food is on the table for their children and they are still wearing clean clothes, going to school and holding the best of grades amongst the more privileged.


Big up to the fathers who are there for their children, even when they have to deal with baby mama dramas, but still they hang in there and ensure they spend quality time and pass on good values.


Big up to all those who have made it their life’s mission to contribute to some positive movements. People will never know how many hungry kids you helped, or many you aided secretly to go to school. Nor will they know how many donations you made to a hospital, church or some other project…just because you are that kind of person.


Big up to the regular parents who are doing really great jobs with their kids…being there for them, showing them love and allowing them to feel secure and confident on this planet.


To all the unsung heroes Rootzgirl and Yardflex just want to let you know, you are appreciated…even if no one else says so.





Today's Daily Word - Monday, October 19, 2009

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Pray for Others

The light of God expresses perfectly as me and as you.


I love to be of help, but sometimes I may feel powerless to help a loved one who is going through a difficult challenge. In those times, the greatest gift I can give is to see the truth of who my dear one is, a perfect expression of the light of God.


In my prayers, I close my eyes to appearances and perceive with the faith that is within me. I see my loved one as an expression of perfect life that provides healing energy to the mind, body and soul. My beloved is open and receptive to the wisdom of God within, which whispers the answer to every question and provides the supply for every need.


This is the truth about my loved ones and me, and about every being on the planet.


"When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, 'Son, your sins are forgiven.'"--Mark 2:5.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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Denouncing violence against gays - Equality Florida

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Gay rights lobbyists say they are still waiting for dancehall superstar Buju Banton to stop performing his 1990's hit Boom Bye Bye, which is a song hitting out against homosexuality.


The artiste, whose given name is Mark Myrie, met with a group of lobbyists last week but failed to reach a compromise.


The song has generated controversy since its release.


The group reportedly asked Buju to, among other things, host a town hall meeting denouncing hate crimes against gay persons as well as donate to the local gay community.


The artiste reportedly refused.


Nadine Smith, Executive Director of Equality Florida, a gay rights group, insisted that the groups want Buju Banton to stop performing the controversial song.


"To actually stop profiting from the song and to disavow sentiment that it is appropriate to express ones opinion about gay people by using an AK47," Ms Smith said Thursday evening on RJR's daily current affairs discussion programme Beyond the Headlines.


Getting social acceptance by any means necessary - Hines


However, Collin Hines, radio and dance hall disc-jock disagreed that the song incited anyone to do harm to homosexuals.


He asserted that the gay community was bent on proving that it is more powerful than the artiste.


"The homosexual (community) is out to prove a point that it's their way or no way (because) they have economic might and can crush his careers. Buju will never win (because) this is about getting social acceptance by any means necessary and if it means crushing a little Jamaican dancehall artiste so be it.


"I'd like to see them go after Eminem who has made songs about raping lesbians. This is no longer about protest, this is about proving that we run things," said Hines who was also a guest on Beyond the Headlines.


Gay rights lobbyists have been successful in getting overseas concerts featuring Buju Banton cancelled insisting that he condones violence against homosexuals.


Last week's meeting followed recent cancellations of high profile shows in the United States and Europe, believed to impact significantly on the DJ's earning power.





Warrant issued for Antoinette

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Last Thursday a warrant was issued for lawyer Antoinette Haughton by Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey .


Haughton-Cardenas is facing two counts of fraudulent conversion. The warrant was, however, stayed until December 9.


Haughton-Cardenas was scheduled to appear in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on Thursday, but her attorney said she could not attend as she was ill. A medical certificate was produced.


The accused, it is alleged, fraudulently converted money given to her by a client in one instance and in another, she is accused of failing to hand over to a client, the full amount that he was awarded in a lawsuit.





What’s with entertainers and court?

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Fi real man, what’s up with entertainers and going to court. It look a way still when we reading about the cases from these artistes. Check out some of these court cases reported in the Star on Friday.


Echo Minott a veteran in the biz was arrested for fraud on Thursday. For those of you who don’t know he has some wicked songs that were running the place such as Lazy Body, What The Hell The Police Can Do and My Lady.


The veteran singer was charged with conspiracy to defraud, forgery and uttering a forged document. He pleaded guilty to all charges when the matter was mentioned.


The allegations are that the accused travelled to England with a passport with the name Edward George Spence. He overstayed in the country and was subsequently deported. It is alleged that on October 15, the accused went to the British High Commission and applied for a visa in his correct name. It was discovered that he has two names and he was arrested and charged.


Phillips was sentenced to $30,000 or six months for conspiracy, $30,000 or six months for forgery and $20,000 for uttering a forged document.


Bounty in the mix too


Deejay Bounty Killer pleaded not guilty to drug charges in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on Thursday. The deejay is charged with smoking ganja and possession of ganja.


The allegations are that on October 9, the deejay was seen along Grenada Crescent in New Kingston smoking marijuana. He was reportedly searched and a plastic bag containing more of the drug was found. The contraband weighed less than an ounce. The deejay was subsequently arrested and charged. When cautioned he reportedly said, "Sorry officer, yu cyaan go easy wid mi?"


When the matter was mentioned in court, a calm and sober Price entered his plea. When a date of November 26 was suggested, he told the court that he would not be able to make it as he was going to New York for Thanksgiving.


Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey, however, told the accused that the court's business was paramount to anything else and if she wanted him to attend, she could make him.


His lawyer, however, pleaded for a new date and November 19 was agreed.


Chu, a just a likkle spliff dem a gi di DJ such a hard time for man.


Kurt Riley fined


Radio disc jock, Kurt Riley was fined $9,000 when he appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court Thursday.


Riley pleaded guilty to breaching the Noise Abatement Act, disorderly conduct and using indecent language.


The court was told that on October 4, Riley was playing at an event in New Kingston where the music was audible beyond 100 metres. When the police went to stop the music, the court was told, Riley behaved in a disorderly manner, using curse words and defying the orders of the lawmen.


Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey told Riley he should have known better. He was sentenced to $5,000 or 10 days for breaching the Noise Abatement Act, $2,000 or 10 days for the indecent language and $2,000 or 10 days for disorderly conduct.





Wycliffe Bennett, OD, laid to rest

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A thanksgiving service for the life of distinguished broadcaster and film producer, Wycliffe Bennett, OD, was held Saturday morning at the Providence Methodist Church in Kingston.


It was a capacity church of mourners from all walks of life, headed by Prime Minister Bruce Golding which gathered to pay their last respects to the late, great broadcaster.


He was eulogized in a dignified service which heard several musical presentations and colourful tributes from the Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, the chairperson of the Creative Production and Training Centre, CPTC, Mr Christopher Samuda, Chairman of the Broadcasting Commission, Dr. Hopeton Dunn, the Ward Theatre, chairperson of the Little Theatre Movement, Barbara Gloudon, , the Vice Chancellor Emeritus of the University of the West Indies, Professor Rex Nettleford and members of the Bennett family.


Among those giving musical presentations were Dr Curtis Watson, Pauline Watson, the Pantomime Singers and the CPTC graduates.


Bennett was a former General Manager the Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation (now TVJ), a former executive chairman for CPTC and served as chairman for the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association.


He is survived by his widow Hazel, daughter Dr. Carleene Hope Dei and son Wycliffe Lincoln.


Posthumous Award for Bennett


Prime Minister Bruce Golding on Saturday announced that Jamaica’s ‘Man of the Arts’, Wycliffe Bennett, is to be posthumously awarded the ‘Order of Jamaica’.


Speaking at the thanksgiving service for the life of Mr. Bennett, Mr. Golding said it is an unquestionably deserved accolade for an outstanding Jamaican who has made such great contribution to his country.


The Order of Jamaica is the fourth in order of precedence of the five Orders of the Societies of Honour.


The Prime Minister has invited Mr. Bennett’s widow, Dr Hazel Bennett to Kings House on Monday, being celebrated as National Heroes Day, to accept the award.


In addition to the Order of Distinction, Bennett was also conferred with the Silver and Gold Musgrave and Centenary medals from the Institute of Jamaica, the Doctor Bird Award for Excellence in Film and Television, and the CPTC award for outstanding services in the field of media, arts and culture as well as an Actor Boy award.





Today's Daily Word - Sunday, October 18, 2009

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Unity

In our unity of spirit, we share love, wisdom and understanding.
In the plant kingdom, individual plants connect to other members of their species through a complex root system. Together they form a community in which individuals support one another and thrive.


I think of my human family as an interconnected and inner-connected community that has its roots in the spirit of God. Because God is everywhere present, we are not separate from God, nor are we
separate from one another. In God's omnipresence, we are one.


We are blessed by the sharing of our love, wisdom, understanding and caring. As a worldwide community, we unite in taking action to create a world in which all live in peace and love.


"Finally, all of you, have unity of spirit, sympathy, love for one another, a tender heart, and a humble mind."--1 Peter 3:8.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 Fresh Fridays

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Today's Daily Word - Saturday, October 17, 2009

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Blessings


I give thanks for the gifts of God.


Gratitude has the power to lift my thoughts and renew my faith in God as my unlimited source of good.


When the disciples were concerned there was not enough to feed the hungry, Jesus took what they had and blessed it. Giving thanks for God's gifts, he multiplied them and had more than enough to feed the crowds.


I consider each breath a gift. So, too, are the beauty of the sky and the faces of those I love. I give thanks for all that sustains my physical being, including clean water, shelter and food. I am thankful for opportunities to give and receive love, connect with God and share what I have been given with others.


"Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds."--Matthew 14:19.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 Xpression Thurdays

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Scenes from Courtney Walsh's Award for Excellence

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Kid Kurrup, corrupt?

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Yardflex is now wondering on the reason behind the DJ choosing a name like Kid Kurrup… and apparent Superintendent Cornwall ‘Bigga’ Ford must be wondering the same thing too.


On Tuesday after the head of the Flying Squad and his team swooped down on the deejay’s home following up on numerous reports of disturbances coming from there.


The top cop says he found some disturbing things which will merit another visit. According to a report in the Star the police said two girls aged 16 and 17 were found at the home, while another 15 men were present. The girls had been away from home for some four months now the paper was told.


Kid Kurrup was not at home, but we would have loved to know the reason for these girls being there with so many men present.


We will keep you up to speed on this one.





Missing child found, now in state care

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Annaleise Davies, the Duhaney Park Primary student who went missing from school on Tuesday is in the care of the state.


According to Radio Jamaica the police, acting on information have removed the child from her parent's home.


The 10-year old was taken to the Cross Roads Police Station in St Andrew Thursday morning, two days after she was reported missing.


Superintendent Delroy Hewitt, Head of the St. Andrew South Police Division revealed at a press conference Thursday afternoon that Annaleise has been taken to the Centre for Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse and was medically examined and interviewed.


Woman to be charged for keeping missing girl


Meanwhile, the young woman who took Annaleise to the police Thursday morning is to be charged under the Child Care and Protection Act.


The police said she is facing three months behind bars.


She is to be questioned further.


According to Superintendent Hewit, the police are looking at the possibility that Annaleise may have run away due to problems at home.


"There might have been some domestic problems that person didn't identify previously but we're not certain ... that is one of the areas we're looking at."


Annaleise's parents are to also face further questioning.


Left school


Superintendent Hewitt said based on information received so far, on Tuesday, the day she was discovered missing, Annaleise left school in Duhaney Park and had enough money to take a bus to Half Way Tree.


From there however, Superintendent Hewitt said the child seemed to have run out of money and wandered onto Hope Road where she was found by a woman.


He said the woman, who was on her way to athletics training at the University of the West Indies, Mona campus, took Annaleise to the training session.


The two then went to the woman's house in the Kingston 5 area where Annaleise spent two nights until she was taken to the Cross Roads Police Station Thursday morning.


The police are extending thanks to those persons who called and sent tips throughout their search for the young girl.


On Wednesday, family and friends of Annaleise demonstrated outside the gates of the Duhaney Park Primary School and prevented teachers from entering the compound.


They blamed the school's administration for failing to protect Annaleise while in their care.





Fight Swine flu with the right foods

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With so many folks getting the swine flu, it is cause for concern, but according to an internet report, you can ensure you bodies remain immune to the disease by eating the right foods. Check out some of their recommendations and try to keep the disease from you.


Garlic
Chopping garlic releases allicin, a sulfer-containing compound that houses a potent antioxidant, says Taub-Dix. "Antioxidants protect cells from free radicals that can damage them, making it harder for cells to fight disease," says Taub-Dix, who suggests adding fresh garlic to sautéed vegetables.


Yogurt and Kefir
Embracing certain kinds of bacteria can actually help your immune system. Yogurt (look for cartons that say they contain "live, active cultures") and kefir, a fermented milk drink made with kefir grains, all have probiotics or "good" bacteria.


Brazil Nuts
These large nuts are rich in zinc, a mineral known to improve the number of infection-fighting T-cells that also has antioxidant properties. Zinc deficiency has been linked to decreased response to vaccination and impaired immune cell function, especially in the elderly. But don't overdo it: A few of these provide enough zinc for the day, according to Taub-Dix.


Tea
Tea is rich in polyphenols, chemicals found in plant foods that act like antioxidants to protect cells. And while green and white teas are particularly potent, all teas will have some benefit, says Taub-Dix.


Lean Protein
"Protein is important for tissue repair," says Taub-Dix, who recommends proteins like white meat chicken, low-fat cheese or cottage cheese. Low amounts of protein have also been found to impair the immune system and have negative effects on T-cells.


Citrus Fruits
No surprise here. Taub-Dix recommends pink grapefruits, oranges and mangoes, which are all rich in the antioxidant vitamin C, something our bodies don't produce or store on their own. And says Taub-Dix, "Studies have shown it can decrease the duration of a cold or flu-like symptoms."





Why do people hate you?

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A fourth grate asked President Obama a really tough question…Why do people hate you and we must say, we liked the way he took the time to patiently addressed the query.


Obama went to New Orleans for the first time as president Thursday to visit a charter school and to hold a town hall meeting. While there, he told the people of the city that he is committed to helping them continue to rebuild, more than four years after Hurricane Katrina devastated the region.


Obama observed that the destruction on the Gulf Coast was caused not just by a natural disaster, but also by the failure of government at every level to prepare for it. "We will not forget about New Orleans, and we are not going to forget about the Gulf Coast," he promised. "Together we will rebuild this region and we will rebuild it stronger than before."


"Why do people hate you? And why, aren't they supposed to love you, if God is love?" the fourth grader asked the commander-in-chief.


The crowd clapped for Terrance Scott as Obama laughed and patted Terrance on the shoulder. "First of all, I did get elected president, so not everybody hates me; I got a whole lot of votes," Obama joked. "A lot of it is what's called politics, where once one party wins, the other party feels like they've got to poke you a little bit to keep you on your toes. So you shouldn't take it too seriously."


He went on. "But people are worried about their own lives. A lot of people are losing their jobs right now. They're losing their health care or they lost their homes to foreclosure and they're feeling frustrated, and when you're president of the United States, you've got to deal with all of it. You get some of the credit when things are going good, but when things are going bad, you get some of the blame."


"But that's all right," Obama said, adding, "I'm a pretty tough guy. Are you a tough guy? You look pretty tough. So you've just got to keep going on going, even when folks are criticizing you, when you know you're doing it for other people."


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Today's Daily Word - Friday, October 16, 2009

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Divine Order


I trust in God.


There may be occasions in my life and in the lives of others when events make absolutely no sense to me. The loss of a job, an encounter with a serious illness, or some other aspect of my life may tempt me to cry out, "Why, God?"


In every instance, God has already established a divine plan that will carry me through to the other side of any challenge I may experience.


My mission is simply to seek out the good that lies at the heart of any adversity. God knows my right and perfect opportunity for employment, partnership, health and wholeness. My life is in the care of God, and I trust in divine order.


"Jesus heard that they had driven him out, and when he found him, he said, 'Do you believe in the Son of Man?' ... He said, 'Lord, I believe.'"--John 9:35, 38.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 Weddy Weddy

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Etana's Mission to Motivate Youths

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Kingston, Jamaica--14th October 2009-- "I have always taken a special interest in the youth as they hold the key to the future," says Etana sincerely.


Beyond the soulful singer's love of music, lies a passion to help the youth. And through out her impressive career, Etana has taken pride in inspiring and motivating youth through music and many other efforts. Moreover, the soulful songstress is especially vested in empowering young girls.


"I am particularly driven to encourage young girls since they often don't recognize their full potential because of some of society's stereotypical roles placed before them."


Etana regularly talks to The Young Reggae Girlz, Jamaica's under 17 and under 20 female soccer teams. A hit among the team members, Etana shares music and life experiences with the team and encourages the girls to respect themselves so that others can respect them. But no talk is complete with out focusing on the central theme of education. A critical component, the artist declares "education is the greatest way to overcome poverty and be successful."


Motivational talks with the Reggae Girlz are just a snippet of Etana's commitment to the youth, as she regularly visits schools through out the world. No matter where Etana is performing, she goes out of her way to visit schools in the respective areas.


In addition to these independent efforts, Etana is now a featured artist on the RE School Tour. Recently, she commanded the standing room only crowd at the Tour's first stop at St Andrew Technical High School in Kingston, JA. There, ‘The Strong One’ belted out a string of hits to the 700-plus crowd and was thrilled when students sang the lyrics verbatim.


Etana is slated to perform on the tour each Tuesday that she is in Jamaica until mid-November. She willingly joined the RE School Tour for a second time because its platform is directly in tune with her efforts involving youth.


It is her goal to launch a youth-driven foundation, plans for which will be formalized soon.





Mavado is 'Di Principal'.If Kartel is 'Di Teacha'

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Dear Editor,

I would like to use your widely read editorial to air my views on two of the biggest Jamaican Dancehall artistes. First of all, I would like to advise fellow readers that this is not a Gully vs Gaza entry, it is merely a post meant to highlight, acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of some of our best entertainers. Some of you might take my post out of context and descend into a barrage of insults before fully digesting the contents of this article.


I would like to bring to your attention that one artiste, namely Mavado, has immensely changed Dancehall music over the past two years and has brought about the birth of a new generation of Singjays. Mavado who entered the Dancehall scene in 2005 with a huge catalogue of gangster hymns managed to captivate admirers and critics alike. He diverted the focus of Dancehall fans from hardcore deejaying artistes to his unusually crafted invention which entailed catchy choruses and mild deejay verses which anyone, from my Grandmother in Portmore to a kindergarten child in Kingston, could sing along to. This explains his breakthrough to the international scene in 2008 and 2009. In 2008 Mavado ended up finding some of his hit songs being featured on Grand Theft Auto 4 and one making the trailer, He won a UK MOBO award, was invited by Nike to make a song for one of Jamaica's leading Athletes, in 2009 he landed a spot on BET's 'Rip The Runway' and made it into billboard Hip Hop top 100. His unwavering dominance left his competitors with no choice but to try and imitate his style in one way or another. Some deejays turned to auto-tune in order to include melody into their tunes. A testament of Mavado's influence is in one such deejay turned singjay Vybz Kartel. A profound artiste whose strong presence on the Dancehall scene looked like it had become kind of obscured by that of Mavado. Vybz went on a warpath against Mavado and it culminated into an onstage clash at Sting 2008. This brought Vybz back into the limelight as he seized upon Mavado's then ongoing international flare and capped it all up by beginning a new career as a singjay with a melodious 'self proclaimed' victory anthem entitled 'Last man standing'. Kartel's singing career catapulted since that day. To this date, he has released a chain of melodious tunes that have smashed the charts each month, since the beginning of 2009. So I say. A number of other singjays have also emerged and Mavado faces his biggest challenge ever since he stopped on the scene in 2005. All I can say is that, this is good for Dancehall, It resembles the 1998-2000 era of another breed of singjays Vegas, Sean Paul, General Degree et al.


Prior to Mavado's emergence on the scene, another pioneer had made similar achievements with a style of his own. Vybz Kartel invented a style of deejaying which was both intelligent in words and in style. His impact was witnessed by his grasp of the helm of Dancehall King between 2002 and 2004. He developed a huge following thus earning himself the title 'Addi di Teacher'. Every young deejay wanted to sound like him and many 'Students' adopted his style albeit some in their own fashion. As Vybz always likes to proclaim 'I wrote 5 songs fi di barbwerbwoy', It should always be acknowledged that Mavado also brought some following to those songs with his melodies and hence gave Kartel more following, further to that he helped revamp Kartel's career through Sting and bringing up this new melodious style which Kartel also ended up adopting. .....And, as Bounty Killer is in the habit of remarking 'Kartel is ungrateful, Ah mi buss Kartel', It should also be acknowledged that Kartel wrote some songs for him with his new style in 2002 and even Kartel's lyrical genius helped Killer get a following. ....And as Kartel is in the habit of insulting Bounty Killer, it must be highlighted that Bounty Killer is one of Jamaica's greatest and achieved a lot with massive combinations with the likes of heavyweights such as Busta Rhymes, Gwen Stefani, The Fugees, Coco Brovaz and many more. Bounty Killer's career is what many current big Dancehall artistes such as Elephant Man, Harry Toddler and others have rode to fame on. So everyone has contributed something to everyone's career.


Although last year Kartel scorned a TV correspondent's comparison to him and Mavado saying that 'comparing a singer to a deejay is like comparing a Jay-Z to and R. Kelly' it wasn’t long before Kartel (the deejay) himself decided to go head to head and clash with the guy he termed an R.Kelly (Mavado, the singer) and claiming victory afterwards. Before another long interval, he also became an R.Kelly. All this said, I believe Kartel is both JA artiste of the year and singjay of the year because 2009 is the year Kartel got his rhythm back


Why I am addressing this is because Dancehall fans need to know where their music is coming from because in some cases, history is distorted and some huge fans are under privileged and do not have access to certain forms of media but cling to every word that one artist may say for himself or against the other. I am surprised that some people don’t even know what Shabba Ranks has achieved, Bounty Killer, Super Cat and many other legends. Fans of any of the above mentioned artistes should not be offended because these are just facts. Vybz Kartel has said it himself on a TV interview 'I come and change Dancehall but Mavado come and change it again'. Also as Mavado has said 'I listen to Kartel songs'. Some of Dancehall's rivalries cause one artiste to distort the record of the other, depending on how strong an influential he is.





Leona Lewis punched in the face

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London’s ‘Bleeding’ singer Leona Lewis was punched in the face yesterday at a book signing. She was rushed to the hospital following the actions of a crazed fan who is said to be in his late 20s or early 30s.


Imagine he queued up for a signed copy of the singer's new book, Dreams, and then attacked her in front of 200 stunned onlookers.


Pretty Leona reeled back in shock clutching her face as her five burly bouncers dived on the attacker while cops rushed to the scene.


She was then rushed out of a side door by minders and taken to a top Harley Street clinic for emergency treatment.


A pal of the star said: "Leona was utterly shocked and appalled as it came out of nowhere.


"The man queued up patiently, then as soon as she signed his book he smashed her in the face.


"He didn't say anything to her and she is at a loss as to why anyone would do such an evil thing.


"She is devastated as she comes from quite a humble background and loves meeting her fans.


"She was doing a three-hour signing and planned to sign hundreds of books."


The pal added: "She's been taken to a Harley Street doctor by her record label as she needs to be fixed up as it was quite a punch and she's very dainty.


"She's not due to appear singing for another couple of weeks, on The X Factor, so hopefully she'll be fine by then."


However, the star was due to appear on the One Show last night on BBC1 - but had to pull out.


She was just 30 minutes into a planned three-hour signing of her autobiography, Dreams, at Waterstones in Piccadilly, London yesterday evening.


A spokeswoman for the star said: "Leona was the victim of an unprovoked attack this afternoon at her book signing.


"The police were called immediately and medical attention has been sought.


"Leona is understandably shaken and apologies to the fans she was unable to meet and complete signings."





Music is serious business for Serani

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It’s definitely ‘No Games’ where Serani and his music is concerned. The artiste has been taking Jamaica by storm and has now impacted the world stage with his music. Born in the mean streets of Kingston Jamaica he decided at a young age that his two other best friends who also shared the same interest in music decided to put together the infamous DASECA productions in 2001. A man of many talents Serani is just as good producing as he is an artiste. Serani will be releasing his much anticipated album No Games on October 27 and it’s one he says that everyone will enjoy…especially the ladies. So make sure you all check it out.


Yardflex caught up with the busy artiste who spoke about his number one love – the music and a whole lot more stuff.


1.Who or what inspires your lyrics?


ans:Can’t say any one person influenced me, I’ve always listen to all kinds of music.


2.who are your musical idols?


ans:I like Michael Jackson, R Kelly and the list goes on.


3.What compelled you to do music, and what did you do before?


ans:It was always music…I realized a long time that music is it.


4.What is a typical day like for you?


ans:Have breakfast, do some exercise, hit the studio. If it’s a weekend – board a plane, check in at a hotel, if the opportunity presents itself get some exercise. Nightime promoting song or album.


5.How does it feel to have your single "No Games" on heavy rotation over seas, and also a Billboard topper?


ans:Mission accomplished. I still have a lot more work to do…I always want more.


6.What is the story behind the success of "No Games?" Were there any obstacles releasing the single?


ans:One of the biggest obstacles was people not understanding me, people just hating me because I’m gifted and say a lot of stuff. They even team up against me, just to make me feel bad. A lot of that reached me, but it never fazed me.


7. How do you manage your success?


ans:My family understand my time is the biggest issue. My work is time consuming. Career wise, I’m not stupid, I’m not driving any benz…it’s all about being grounded.


8. Tell us something about Serani, that only your fiends know?


ans:That I can be a jackass.


9. Where do you see yourself in the next five years?


ans:I should be a mega superstar, hopefully with a good catalogue, touring the world, performing at all major awards, performing for over 100,000 patrons with Jamaican artistes following in my footsteps.


10. What is your favourite meal?


ans:Ackee and saltfish with yam, banana and dumpling.


11. Who is your favorite female DJ artiste?


ans:Toss up between Lady Saw and Tanya Stephens.


12. This is the Yardflex Poll Question of the week. Should condoms be distributed in the Dancehall?


ans:Yes.


13. Coffee or tea?


ans:Tea.


14. Rough around the edges or Rico Suave?


ans:It depends.


15. Bun or Bulla?


ans:Both.


16. Rough Rider or Daggerin?


ans:Rough rider.


17. Beach or Pool?


ans:Beach.


18. You ideal woman would have weave or natural hair?


ans: Natural


19. Tell us about your most memorable stage moment?


ans:It was at Summerjam on my birthday had 50,000 people tell me happy birthday.


20. What about your most embarrassing moment?


ans:’m Rico Sauve I don’t have embarrassing moments!






Today's Daily Word - Thursday, October 15, 2009

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Prepared


Through Christ in me, I live a meaningful and fulfilled life.
The Christ, the divine essence within me, is my guide to spiritual living. A beloved Unity teacher wrote, "To follow the Christ is to follow the divine leading from within, the promptings of Spirit that come to us when we pray, the divine instincts of love and compassion and understanding."


Whether in an established time of prayer or a moment's sigh of release, I am lifted into the light of divine potential where I receive guidance and inspiration. I consciously connect with the Christ and prepare to meet my good, to succeed and to prosper in my endeavors. Knowing Christ in me as my hope of glory, I live a meaningful and fulfilled life.


"To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory."--Colossians 1:27.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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Man rapes 8-day old baby

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What’s in an eight day old baby to beat, much less rape? You tell us. We have been shocked at some of the things that takes place here in Jamaica…but check out what is happening in the States.


It’s big on youtube right now about Reginald Davis the 18-year man who raped and beat his 8 day old daughter.


Reginald Davis, 18, of Arkansas was arrested for allegedly raping and beating his 8-day-old baby daughter. The video below shows the account of the story. Davis is currently in the St. Francis County jail, where his trial is expected to take place in November, 2009. There had been outrage from the community over repeated delays in his trial, and reports of him being beaten by other inmates in the jailhouse.


Check out the video below and holla at us







Bolt has another fast car!

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Wow, Usain Bolt ain’t playing…check out this story in the Star!


Yesterday after getting his latest toy, a 2010 Nissan GTR, world 100m record holder, Usain Bolt, was invited to take his car this weekend to Dover for a gentlemanly race.


Bolt was invited after JRDC Driver's Championship contender, Douglas 'Hollywood' Gore heard of his new acquisition. Gore also invited former record holder, Asafa Powell to the event as well.


The Nissan GTR replaces a 2009 BMW M3 which Bolt overturned on the Highway 2000 toll road earlier this year. Asafa Powell is also the proud owner of a Black Series CLK C63 Mercedes, which is the 575 hp version of the already hot Kompressor C-Class.


exotic supercar


Bolt, the fastest man in the world, drove away in the exotic supercar after a brief photo opportunity at Worldtron Motors, Chelsea Avenue, St Andrew, yesterday. The twin turbo charged Nissan GTR is rated at 485 hp and has a top speed of 190+ mph. Purchase price is estimated at more than 110,000 pounds sterling (J$15,400,000).


In describing Bolt's new car, Gore said: "The M3 was more of a sporting sedan; I think the GTR is probably one of the ultimate sports cars. Knowing that it is a four wheel drive vehicle with traction aids, it should give Bolt more control. It is easier to drive and safer at speed."





Condolence to Orane Simpson’s family

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Yardflex understands that Tivoli Gardens baller Orane Simpson was stabbed to death last night during a dispute with another man.Simpson who represented the Reggae Boyz also died after being rushed to the Kingston Public Hospital minutes after 8:00 pm.
Our condolence to his family and friends.





A War For Your Soul-Birmingham version

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Today's Daily Word - Wednesday, October 14, 2009

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Desire of the Heart


My heart's desire is to know God.


On occasion, I may have a desire to purchase something luxurious or indulge in a sweet treat. But I know my life is about more than seeking instant gratification. What I want most of all is to experience God more completely.


I don't concern myself with the occasional craving because understanding the desire of my heart is most important. In my relationships, I desire to find a genuine and meaningful connection with others. For my body and mind, I value strength, energy and good health.


God within me knows the true desire of my heart and what is needed for my soul's fulfillment.


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Scenes from Uptown Mondays

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Scenes from Wet Sundays

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Four members of San Francisco's gay community met this afternoon for 40-minutes with Jamaican singer Buju Banton in Larkspur, up in Marin County, to discuss his troubling history with gay people.


According to Buju and his advisers, this was his first meeting ever with gay advocates, and they really want to put an end to the controversy that continues to dog him over violent homo-hating song he sang in his late teens, "Boom Bye Bye."


At the meeting were gay leaders Supervisor Bevan Dufty, who arranged the meeting, Rebecca Rolfe, executive director of the SF gay community center, Andrea Shorter of Equality California and myself. Also present was Supervisor Eric Mar, a progressive straight leader in the Asian community, and, of course, Buju and Tracii McGregor, president of his music company. About ten minutes into the meeting in the hotel lobby of where the singer is staying, some of his p.r. people joined the conversation.


The meeting was very civil and productive, even though at times I had to play the "bad cop" activist, especially when Buju was dominating the discussion, and we made several suggestions for him to consider, in order to start to undo some of the problems he has in the gay community because of his past anti-gay lyrics.


We proposed that he think about making statements in Jamaica calling for love toward gays, donating to the JFLAG group, hold a town hall meeting in Kingston about the need to respect gays, and sing about loving gay people. All the suggestions were rejected, frustrating us.


It was explained by us that American gays are not singling him out, as we advocate for gay tolerance in Jamaica, but that we have also applied pressure on the government and business leaders to affect change that benefits gays across the island nation.


While there certainly was little movement on his part, and we didn't agree to tell any other gays to stop protesting his concert tour or suggesting he do more to confront the terrible, and sometimes deadly, anti-gay violence in Jamaica, we felt it was a very positive step forward that the meeting took place.


Our hope is that we will continue to speak with him and his representatives to address the pervasive hatred gays face in Jamaica, and work together to reduce homo-hate. I believe Buju fully understands that today's meeting was a beneficial first step and that the gay community will want more concrete steps taken, before our actions against his concerts cease.


Many thanks to Bevan for arranging this important first meeting, and thanks to Buju for taking the time to listen to us, and to let us hear his views. Let's keep the communication going.





Another Artiste in the News

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It seems there is no shortage of headlines when it comes on to artistes…check out this story carried in the Star.


Dancehall artiste Blak Ryno was released Sunday after spending a night in jail for an alleged attack on his neighbour at his Winchester Estate apartment. The popular singer was slapped with two charges of unlawful wounding and assault occasioning bodily harm as a result. Police say the incident stemmed from a dispute over unpaid water bills by the artiste, whose real name is Romane Anderson.

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Reports are that about 7:15 p.m. on Saturday, the complainant, who is chairman of the strata committee at the apartment complex, was in a long-standing dispute over unpaid water contributions, which is mandatory for residents.


Police reports indicate that the altercation got ugly when the complainant was accused of damaging pipes, resulting in loss of water to Ryno's home. During the argument, Blak Ryno is alleged to have kicked the complainant to the ground and kicked him repeatedly all over his body. This is said to have resulted in cuts to the complainant's shoulder and both elbows, as well as swellings on the side of the head, back, face, stomach and chest. A report was made to the Half-Way Tree Police Station and the artiste was arrested and charged.


LANDLORD'S RESPONSIBILITY


The STAR spoke with Blak Ryno, who was at the time at a mineral bath making efforts to "wash away the crosses" he says was brought against him unjustly.


"From yu hear dat u mus know a lie. Di non-payments cause by my landlord, and him (complainant) know that, but him want a reason fi come a style man caa him dun seh me as a ghetto yout nu fi deh deh (don't belong there)," said the soft-spoken Ryno.


He also indicated that the police charged him based on the complainant's report.


"From long time dis man a do tings fi try draw me out so him can do dis ... all walk him dog come p—— pon mi mat regular an dem nastiness deh. Di ting did get physical after him walk come over my apartment, which is way down a corridor from his own, with his dog," Ryno explained.


He continued, "Me have nothin' gainst dogs, but dis one rush me, so mi ease (kick) him off wit mi foot in defence and dis man box me, so a suh di ting get physical ... mi did mad seh him mash up mi water pipe dem yes. All police weh come fi arrest mi seh him wrong."


Efforts to secure station bail for Ryno proved futile on Saturday night, as the complainant told police Ryno had threatened his life, so they decided to hold him for the night.


JAIL CELL PANDEMONIUM


But that night of incarceration was an experience Ryno says didn't bother him, as the overwhelming eruption of exuberance from prisoners at the jail made him feel more welcome than at his 'uptown' apartment complex.


"It come like a Gaza mi deh although mi deh a jail, caa every man in deh a seh Gaza ... mek yu feel comfortable fi know nobody nah do yu nothing. Imagine mi cyaa get da peace deh whe mi live," said Ryno.


A police source confirmed that the response from the jailed men was overwhelming.


"As dem hear is Blak Ryno in jail with them you could hear the pandemonium from the station, which is a separate building ... look like a whole heap of Gaza fans we have lock up, so I can imagine how many songs Ryno sing," quipped the officer, who requested anonymity.


Blak Ryno is scheduled for court on October 21.





JPS issues reward for Oil thieves

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The Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) is offering a reward for information on Saturday night's theft at the Parnassus substation that left thousands of Clarendon residents without electricity.



The power company has placed $500,000 on the table for information leading to the arrest and conviction of persons involved in the theft of oil from a transformer at the substation.


The JPS says the removal of oil from the facility caused extensive damage to the transformer.


The damaged transformer caught fire on Sunday and left approximately 18,000 Clarendon customers without power.


The JPS says despite ongoing efforts to correct the situation, the instability at the substation continues to cause disruptions.


Areas that were affected by the outage include Belle Plain, Belmont, Denbigh, Palmers Cross, York Town and Parnassus.


JPS New Kgn, building collapse


Meanwhile investigations are being carried out to determine what led to Monday morning's collapse of a part of the JPS building on Knutsford Boulevard, in New Kingston.


Winsome Callum, Head of Communications at the JPS says no one was hurt:


"A small section of the building facing Trafalgar Road came down this morning. I do not have any details of what caused it, but I do know that no one was injured.


"A section of the glass was broken and technicians and experts have already started looking at it to find out what caused it and how we can address the problem," Ms Callum said.





Today's Daily Word - Tuesday, October 13, 2009

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Guidance
I trust the infinite wisdom of God to guide me.
I may be unsure about what I should do or which path to take in a particular situation. In moments like these, I pray and open my heart to the indwelling spirit of God. I am not alone, and I needn't worry.



In prayer, I relax, let go and trust. I leave the specifics on what comes next--the how or when--to God. I focus on the here and now and affirm: "This or something better, God." My task is to trust Spirit within to guide me. As I do, I feel peace. My heart and mind are strengthened.


I trust in God and know the outcome will be something better than I ever imagined for myself and my loved ones. Deep in my heart, I know that, truly, all is well.


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Scenes of Gramps Morgan at a Mets Game

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Runaway Bay sweet pepper club -- big but no hot

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The writing is on the wall. The big club in Ochie is one helluva sweet pepper. It's big, so-so, lacking in heat and vibes. And, to add to the woes, the proprietor's way of doing business is very questionable. A string of events in which the promoters failed to live up to the advertisements have left a bitter taste in the mouths of many patrons, most of whom have vowed never to go back to any event held at the club.



Claiming to be Jamaica’s newest and so-called biggest night club, the establishment located in Runaway Bay St. Ann, is all hype with very little substance.


“A pure idiyat ting gwaan inna da club yah!” is how one disgruntled patron summed it up after yet another advertised event failed again to deliver what was promised.


In this instance, the promoters promised a re-enactment of Kingston's hugely popular Weddy Weddy and Passa Passa at the end of last month, but, alas only Swatch International (Passa sound) showed up at the event billed Weddy Weddy meets Passa Passa. Stone Love was a no show and no apology nor explanation was given. Needless to say, patrons were hopping mad.


Deejay D’Angel was also a no show when she was advertised for September 12th, but never made it to the venue.


Interestingly, however, both Stone Love and D'Angel say they were never contracted for the club. Stone Love, it was reported, was booked, but was never paid a deposit; which simply means, they were not contractually obligated to be there. Checks with D’Angel’s, management team and booking agent again revelaed that D’Angel was not aware of any such date, and was actually off the island at the time of the show


However, it doesn't stop there. In another incident, a argument between ZJ Liquid and the club owner around the parking lot after a recent performance in the club was an eye-opener.


“Brethren, mi anuh alcoholic, mi play music, a deyso my ting dey….yuh book mi, pay mi, mi nuh dey pan dah ting dey bout rate yuh and mi jus run een cause yuh call mi….mi nuh dey pan dat,” those were the sentiments of ZJ Liquid in reference to the club owner'ssuggestion that they need to be on a level where when he calls, he Liquid should just show up and party.


The street is of the opinion that due its owner’s questionable past dealings, which may soon come to rival some of the most recent sensational headlines that have paraded themselves on the front pages of the Nation’s leader publications…but be that what it may be, it gets even more complicated when corporate entities refuse to take their cheques, simply because they are on these companies’ bad cheque list. A fact which was confirmed by representatives from Red Stripe’s accounts department. That within itself screams volumes about the type of entity one is operating, and when you add the shortage of salaries to staff, without rhyme or reason, the evidence becomes that much clearer.


“Seeit dey again, wey D’Angel dey, a idiyat dem tek people fah or wha, always a style we bout who an who a come inna club....!”…but be that what it may be, it gets even more complicated when corporate entities such as Red Stripe and CPJ, refuse to take their cheques, simply because they are on these companies’ bad cheque list. A fact which was confirmed by representatives from Red Stripe’s accounts department. That within itself screams volumes about the type of entity one is operating, and when you add the shortage of salaries to staff, without rhyme or reason, the evidence becomes that much clearer.


The writing is on the wall, the facts are clear, and the







Dear Editor,


Change is inevitable. Everything changes over time, even music. And so we would have seen that within all the genres of music, there are changes in composition and delivery. This does not necessarily mean that the foundations of the different genres of music has changed, but just that subtle changes would have been made probably to phrasing, timing, harmony, or lyrical composition.


Let us examine Jazz. A few years ago we celebrated 100 years of Jazz. The sound of Jazz today has changed considerably from what it used to be in the early and mid 1900s. Jazz as a genre had several sub genres back in the day like most music today. And even today, Jazz still remains sub divided. In the past, the composition of Jazz revolved around a variety of sub genres. The music moved from New Orleans Dixieland dating from the early 1910s to the Big Band-Style Swing from the 1930s and 1940s. Then it accommodated the Bebop from the mid-1940s, a variety of Latin Jazz Fusions such as Afro-Cuban and Brazilian jazz from the 1950s and 1960s, Jazz-Rock Fusion from the 1970s, and late 1980s developments such as Acid Jazz, which blended Jazz influences into Funk and Hip-Hop. These are just a few sub genres of Jazz. There are many more. Today Urban Smooth Jazz is a sub genre that is widely sought after by both the young and mature Jazz fan.


The genre of Jazz evolved through time and is still widely accepted as pleasing to the trained musical ear and the not-so-trained ear.


Reggae is a musical genre which was created here in the Caribbean in Jamaica and is one which has evolved and which continues to evolve. Reggae by right originated out of two other genres known as Ska and Rock-steady. Tempo wise it fits snugly in the middle of the two for it is slower than Ska and faster than Rocksteady.


Lyrically Reggae deals with a plethora of issues ranging from love, religion, drugs, poverty, colonialism, racism, and general third world politics. The genre also covers a lot of Pop music coming out of the United States and Europe.


But in the way that Reggae evolved from Ska, Reggae gave birth to Dancehall Reggae.


Discovered more or less by accident in the late 1970s, Dancehall Reggae, or Dub as it is popularly known, began simply with Disc Jockeys (DJs) chanting over the B side of Reggae 45 rpm records at Dances.


The lyrics for Dancehall were far less serious than those used in Reggae. A lot of emphasis was placed on the more socially appealing themes at that time, like the everyday Rude Bwoy, Area Dons or Donman, and a reverence for sexual dexterity in men and women.


In the 1980s, with producers like King Jammy and Coxsone Dodd seriously in the business, Dancehall Reggae further evolved into a more rhythmical art form with computer digitization being utilized heavily in track composition. This led to what I like to refer to as the golden decade of Dancehall: the 1990s. In the 90s with producers like Dave Kelly, Sly and Robbie and Donovan Germain entering the business and new DJs like Shabba Ranks, Buju Banton, Ninja Man, Cobra, General Degree, Beenie Man, and the list goes on and on; the 90s was indeed the Dancehall Decade.


The audience for Dance-hall Reggae, like Jazz and Reggae, comprised both the young and the young at heart.


Even though interspersed were some songs that glorified and promoted violence and also exposed the vulgar side of some artistes, it was not enough to taint the entire genre. People still rocked on to the Pepper Seed, Action, Medicine, Bogle, World Dance and the Stink Riddims, to name a few. Everyone got up and danced when Second Class Love came on with Carol Gonzalez and Buju Banton. That remains an all-time Dancehall classic!


Sadly the Dancehall arena has now changed drastically for the worst. Today the King Jammys and the Sly and Robbies of old have been replaced by producers like Stephen ‘Di Genius’ Mc Greggor, Not Nice and Daseca Productions. Beenie Man and Buju are still present, but they are now overshadowed by the likes of Movado, Vybz Kartel, Bugle, Demarco and Busy Signal just to name a few. Beautiful rhythmical Dancehall Reggae has been replaced by robotic heavily syncopated break beats and copious overdoses of synthesized keyboards. The poetic deliverance of messages of sexual grandeur and the often funny lines that dealt with strategies on how to get and keep a man or woman have all been replaced with hardcore verbal pornography! Many Dancehall artistes today have taken the themes of sex and violence way overboard. Absolutely nothing is left to the imagination.


The depiction of violence in modern Dancehall Reggae is as gruesome as it gets. And people go to parties to listen to this sewage of lyrics and actually claim to have fun. I am sorry for the generation of youth growing up on this filth called Dancehall Reggae. I often wonder what music this generation would play for their children as examples of music from their time.


Dancehall artistes need to be more responsible for the lyrics they sing. They cannot continue to sing vicious, cruel, derogatory lyrics and expect to bring international recognition to Dancehall, nor expect to get airplay. The handful of dancehall artistes of international repute doesn’t sing trash. Recently Serani’s She Loves Me was re-released during this summer in the US on Urban Radio Play CDs and he sang very different lyrics on the song. This goes to show that these artistes know better. Imagine the persons who listen to Night Shift and One More Night, the two covers done recently by Busy Signal, go out and purchase a collection of his songs only to find that he also sings lyrics that are terribly offensive to the senses.


The producers and artistes in the Dancehall Reggae arena need to clean up their acts, be more responsible and ultimately bring back the authenticity of Dancehall Reggae. This genre has changed drastically and so has its audience. Sadly a lot of persons have fallen out of favour with Dancehall Reggae. Persons opt for the scarcely held Old School Dancehall Reggae Parties so they can relive an era of dancehall that was filled with strictly party vibes.


But all is not lost. Reggae even though it never quite went away during the 90s when Dancehall reigned, has come back with a bang thanks to the likes of Tarrus Riley, Richie Spice, Morgan Heritage, Etana, Tameka Marshall, First Born, Natural Black and the host of new generation Reggae messengers. I feel good when I see a Beres Hammond being played and people, young and old, throw their heads back with eyes closed and rock and sway to sounds of sweet reggae music.


Reggae like Jazz has shown that the changes it went through did not have a negative impact on its audience. If anything happened, it was that the changes seem to have sought to expand its listening audience. Sadly the genre of Dancehall Reggae does not share that same fate; not with the vulgar music, that portrays murder and mayhem, which is being packaged as Dancehall Reggae!


Yours


faithfully
Richard Francois





Congrats Chino

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Yardflex would like to send congratulations to Daniel 'Chino' McGregor who according to the Star DNA test confirmed is the proud father of Rosie Chin's daughter.


According to a short release via his publicist, Kavelle Christie he was quoted as saying "Yes, I have a baby daughter and I'm very elated about it. She is one in a million with parents and family members who adore her."


The mother of the child is Rosie Chin. But it was being rumoured that the father of the child was Craig from the group Voicemail.


DNA test


However, a DNA test, which was done earlier this week, revealed that Chino was in fact the father.


Chin is also the sister of Shantal Chin, who is now seeking help from the Family Court to get support from dancehall artiste Busy Signal for maintenance of their child.


We know Chino will be a great dad and with strong family support, the baby couldn't be in better hands.





Veteran Jamaican Musician Sonny Bradshaw Dies

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Veteran Jamaican musician, Sonny Bradshaw, died in London last night (Oct. 10) from the effects of a stroke which he suffered in August.



Jamaican High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Burchell Whiteman said Mr. Bradshaw's death will leave a significant gap in the Jamaican music landscape.



"It is almost impossible to imagine modern Jamaican music without the presence of Sonny Bradshaw. He was a true musical pioneer who dedicated more than six decades of his life to ensuring that Jamaican music and especially Jazz was always kept in the forefront and was accessible to all ," Mr. Whiteman said.


"I would like to offer sincere condolence to his wife and long-standing devoted professional partner, Myrna, his children, relatives and his many friends and supporters, Jamaicans at home and abroad will remember him with gratitude and with pride," he added.


In recent years Sonny Bradshaw and Jamaica's fist lady of jazz, Myrna Hague, have participated in many major musical shows in the United Kingdom. They have also given generously of their time to the Jamaican High Commission and to Jamaican charities based in the U.K..


Mr. Bradshaw who was born in 1926, was a skilled trumpeter who also played piano, clarinet, trombone, and the saxophone. He was as a musician, bandleader, composer, producer, and promoter as well as a journalist, teacher, and broadcaster.


In recent years he became the founder and driving force behind the Ocho Rios Jazz festival. He formed the Sonny Bradshaw Seven in the 1950s, which was a training ground for many Jamaican musicians.


He served for many years as the president of the Jamaican Federation of Musicians, and he was also instrumental in popularising indigenous Jamaican music, through his Teenage Dance Party radio show, which aired in the 1970s on what was then Jamaica Broadcasting Commission radio.







“If you have to go public, then do so with the truth,” says Collin ‘Iley Dread’ Levy regarding statements made by well known producer Cordell ‘Scatta’ Burrell in the Saturday Star.



In a story carried in the Chat! the artiste/promoter/producer, said although he has no beef with Scatta, he is honour bound to defend his reputation. “I know Scatta is not short on memory therefore he should remember that I was there for him from the very beginning, If he wished to speak the truth he will remember that because of my belief in him, I invested in the growth and development of his career,” said the Kings of Kings CEO.


According to Iley Dread, he once did his projects out of a studio, Celestial Sound on Molynes Road, where he produced his first hit for the KOK Label with Norris Man entitled Persistence, with Scatta working on the project as the engineer.


Shortly after Iley said he took the whole crew on a North American tour.


“On my return to the island, Scatta brought it to my attention that there was a recording studio for sale at Princeville Plaza on Constant Spring Road in Kingston,” Iley Dread recalled.


The desire to produce not only artistes from his camp, but more established acts; plus the fact that he wanted to give Scatta an outlet to explore his talent, saw him making the investment.


“The studio didn’t have any mortgage or major overheads…I left Scatta to manage it and I must say I was very disappointed when it went bankrupt,” said Iley.


Disappointed and disgruntled, Iley says he left the island to fulfill his touring obligations. After some time had passed and he had “cooled down” somewhat. He said Scatta again approached him expressing his regret and disappointment at how things turned out…begging him for the opportunity to redeem himself.


Iley told that paper that upon reflecting on their history and how far they were coming from, he was more inclined to give their business relationship another try.


That resulted in Scatta producing out of the Kings of Kings headquarters located at Upper Sandringham Avenue.


“I don’t know which two other partners he is talking about, I was the sole owner. During the two years he managed the business, I have never received a cent. The only thing Scatta was asked to do was pay the utility bills. Don’t get it twisted,” a disappointed Iley commented.


Iley says inspite of everything he still wishes Scatta all the best, he even offered some brotherly advise, “Now that you are building your state-of-the-art studio, if you don’t change your business ethics, it will go under just as Princeville and 5 Upper Sandringham did…after all is said and done…I wish you all the best in your endeavour.”


Scatta is quoted in sections of the media as saying that mortgage and othe expenses associated with running the business had forced him to give up the venture, in addition he noted that his two other business partners had pulled out leaving the brunt of the burden on him.





Today's Daily Word - Monday, October 12, 2009

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At Home
My heart is at home in love.


If my life's journey calls for a move to a new location, it's comforting to know that God is always with me and within me. Though I may miss familiar people and places, I'm happy to meet new friends and explore new surroundings.


Wherever I go, I make myself at home by sharing the love in my heart. I am encouraged as I look for the best in every person and situation. I have faith that whatever I seek, I will find.


All things work together for my highest good. Even though I may be far from my former home, I relax and affirm that all is well right here and now. No matter where a relocation takes me, home is with me in my heart.


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Scenes from Heinken green synergy

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Scenes from Black Blingaz

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Today's Daily Word - Sunday, October 11, 2009

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Recovery



In Christ I am a new creation. I can do all things.



In Christ "there is a new creation." Many of us have overcome tremendous adversity: addiction, negative thinking, poverty. There may be aspects of our lives we still wish to transform. We see opportunities for growth and greater fulfillment. We have the potential to become completely new, vibrant human beings.


This is the day when I fully release the concept of lack or limitation from my consciousness. I accept with faith that Christ is my strength, health and spiritual guide. In Christ I am a new creation. I can do all things.


The path to recovery is mine to choose, and I embark upon this journey with a spirit of gratitude and joy in Christ.


"So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!"--2 Corinthians 5:17
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Today's Daily Word - Saturday, October 10, 2009

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Yes or No


I say "Yes!" to life.


Feelings of indecision or uncertainty may have stopped me in my tracks in the past. Now I see such times as opportunities to draw from inner resources to make the decisions that are right for me.
Setting an intention to open my mind to the gentle nudges of Spirit, I pause for a quiet moment of prayer. Through communion with God, I receive the guidance to say yes or no to the opportunities that come my way.


At times I will confidently say "yes!" to a richer, fuller experience of life. In other situations, I will confidently say "no" to circumstances that do not lead to my highest good.


With God's constant guidance, I am filled with assurance that whether my word is yes or no, I am taking the right action.


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Champions in Action Cancelled

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The much advertised Champions in Action which was scheduled to be held in Toronto tomorrow (Saturday, October 10) has been cancelled. Up to late last night the backing band was still in rehearsal for the show, with no official word coming to artistes who are booked to be on the show.


Yardflex spoke with “someone with the ears to the streets” out of Canada and according to him for weeks there was discontent about the fact that Elephant Man is on the show. There was even an article written in one of the Canadian papers where the gay community issued a warning that Elephant Man should not perform any of his known homophobic song.


“The move was sudden, we are still not getting any official words on the real reason the show was called off. Many are speculating that it’s because of the gay community…but there has been no words from the promoter – Action Promotions,” our source told us.


The show which reigned as one of the top annual events in Jamaica was embraced with deep anticipation by dancehall loving fans in Canada.


“All I can tell you is that it’s one major disappointment for us here,” said the source.


Yardflex will keep you posted on the latest in this one.





President Obama wins Nobel Peace prize

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President Barack Obama was announced as the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize winner today. The Norwegian Nobel Committee cited President Obama’s “extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples." Of special note was President Obama’s outreach to the Muslim world and attempts to curb nuclear proliferation.


The choice made Obama the third sitting U.S. president to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Other U.S. presidents to receive the prize were President Theodore Roosevelt in 1906 and President Woodrow Wilson in 1919.


In their selection, the Nobel committee praised Obama's creation of "a new climate in international politics" and said he had returned multilateral diplomacy and institutions like the U.N. to the center of the world stage."His diplomacy,” noted the Committee, “ is founded in the concept that those who are to lead the world must do so on the basis of values and attitudes that are shared by the majority of the world's population."





Today's Daily Word - Friday, October 9, 2009

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Gratitude


I am grateful for the people and experiences in my life.


When I consider the many people who have helped me in my life, I am deeply grateful. Family, friends, teachers and colleagues--each has taught me something about life and myself.


I consider the profound blessing of these people and the difference they have made for me. I open my heart to a simple prayer of gratitude by speaking their names or visualizing their faces. I bless each one.


Next I turn to look at the events of my life and bless each situation for the lessons learned and the wisdom gained.
I am grateful for love given and received and for the rich experiences of this life's journey.


"I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you."--Philippians 1:3-4
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Scences from Weddy Weddy

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It get worse

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But it get worse, it in today’s Chat! sey a grandson kill him 90-year-old grandmother over cellphone. Puppa Jeezas, teck the case and gi mi di pillow. No, just when you think it caan get any worse, you read news like this. What’s wrong with this young generation, someone tell us please?





People so cold

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What the hell is happening in the country when a 20-odd year old man a beat him 50-odd year old father and bere tings. We doan wrong the judge from telling him to get out of him daddy house. You can imagine you work hard to bring yuh pickney pass the worse and the only thanks you get is fi have them tun pan yuh…geez!





Sweep over my soul…

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Boy it seems as if there is no end to Luciano’s troubles. After he claimed he had no idea what kind of character his acquaintance of ten years was really like that escalated in the shooting incident at his house/studio, he was denied entry into the US over the past weekend. Hence his not being able to appear on the Irish and Chin promoted Rewind.





Nelson Hospitalized

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Senator Dwight Nelson, National Security Minister is in hospital as doctors try to determine the cause of severe abdominal pains.


Senator Nelson started having the pains Tuesday night and was taken to the hospital by Dr. Denise Eldemire-Shearer, his personal physician.


According to RJR news Gillian Haughton, Director of Communications in the ministry told them the Minister is resting comfortably and remains in high spirits.


Meanwhile, Daryl Vaz, Information Minister confirmed that the Senator Nelson is undergoing a battery of tests.


"It's too early to say about his diagnosis but tests are being done and the country will be kept abreast of any developments. The Government and Cabinet wish his a speedy recovery," he said.







This past weekend, Citi Field Stadium in New York City, home to the legendary New York Mets baseball team celebrated Caribbean Day at the Mets vs Houston Astros game and reggae crooner Gramps Morgan filled the ball park with the sounds of reggae music, delivering a sizzling pre-game performance that warmed the hearts of thousands of baseball fans on a cool Fall afternoon.


Gramps, performing his single Don't Cry for Jamaica off his chart-topping solo album, 2 Sides of My Heart Vol 1 was in fine nick and was well received by baseball fans who gave him a thunderous applause.


"This is a historic moment for me as it is first time I have performed in a stadium before thousands of baseball fans in my entire career," an elated Gramps Morgan declared moments after he left the mound.


"To have my image beamed live on the big jumbotron TV monitors at a ballpark that I grew up close to as a youngster is a very special moment for me. I am happy I was able to represent for Jamaica, the Caribbean and all my reggae fans" he said.


Gramps was not the only one rejoicing as NY Mets Community and Group Sales & Services spokesperson Michael Renzulli said, "We are very pleased to have a taste of the Jamaican culture here today at the Citi Field as we celebrate Caribbean Day here at the game."


Prior to Gramps' performance, Danglin sang Jamaica We Love, a passionate and patriotic proclamation showcasing all the wonderful things that make Jamaica special. The festivities concluded with a presentation to columnist Sandy Daley from Street Hype newspaper.


Media marketer Anthony Turner of IMAGES LLC, who, along with Dave Rodney and the Queens Economic Development Corporation, coordinated the pre-game event said, "We applaud the NY Mets and the Queens Borough President's Office for giving two Caribbean acts the opportunity to showcase our Caribbean culture before thousands of baseball fans. Gramps and Danglin are two talented artistes who today have broken new ground in their respective careers," he noted.


Gramps, who was born Roy Morgan, has been having a whirlwind year that included a major US tour with Grammy winner India.Arie and John Legend. In August he performed at two sold-out back-to-back events at the world-famous Madison Square Gardens and topped off the summer with a strong performance at Irie Jamboree in New York. His debut album Two Side oF My Heart had one of the strongest reggae debuts ever, racking up impressive sales of over 12,000 units in its first week. Currently the album is the top-selling reggae disc in South Florida and New York. Morgan is currently on a US tour with reggae star Buju Banton.





Today's Daily Word - Thursday, October 8, 2009

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Healing


Life-giving energy flows throughout my body. I am renewed.


Divine energy flows in and through God's creations, renewing, restoring, uplifting. I see this energy in the exuberance of a child, in the beauty of a flower blossom and in the vibrant display of autumn's colors. I feel it in the warmth of the sun's rays, the freshness of a gentle breeze.


As I align my thoughts with life and wholeness, I feel divine energy in my own body as well. I am in the flow of life-giving energy, and it is in me. I praise my body and give thanks for its efficient and reliable functioning. It is God's beautiful expression of life. The divine energy that flows through all of creation flows through me. I am renewed in mind, body and spirit. Thank You, God.


"'For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.' They said to him, 'Sir, give us this bread always.'"--John 6:33-34.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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TWINS OF TWINS - WHICH DUDUS (SPLINTA RIDDIM)

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New York, October 6, 2009 : — Solid performances from King Stur Gav, Mighty Crown, Brigadier Jerry, General Trees, Capleton, Beenie Man, Sugar Minott and Santa Ranks was the hallmark of Irish and Chin’s highly-anticipated Reeewind last weekend at New York’s Club Amazura.


The thousands of Reggae fans who filled up the venue included those who had traveled from far and wide, some from as far as Atlanta and Miami, to be part of the landmark staging of this classic, one-of-a-kind Rub A Dub event.


Heavy promotion by Irish and Chin, coupled with the endorsement by New York's IrieJam radio, helped to make "Reeewind" the huge success it was.


Unfortuantely, three of the artistes originally billed for "Reeewind" — U-Roy, Luciano and Charlie Chaplin — faced immigration issues andwere unable to perform. The promoters, however, found a quick replacement in the form of the sweet Sugar Minott who gave a performance that will long be remembered.


"Reeewind" jump started with an intense early warm by the "Far East Rulers" Mighty Crown. who laced Amazura with straight "Rub-a-dub" classics. The crowd responded well as many in the audience held their partners close to groove to the timeless hits. Mighty Crown boldly displayed a side not often seen by the massive. Sami, Simon and Koji, Mighty Crown's foundation guru, maintained great continuity and control of the crowd until 1:30 AM.


Following Mighty Crown was the one-and-only King Stur Gav. The caliber of music that King Stur Gav unleashed was impeccable. Once the bass line dropped, artistes took center stage and gave patrons their money's worth until the wee hours of the morning. Amazura was officially converted into a sweat-soaked, vibes-filled "Rub-a-dub" session.


Every artist on the ticket was a hot item. The audience roared many times through out the night, whether it was for recognisable lyrics or quick-fire freestyles. Born for the stage, Beenie Man dominated the mic for quite a while until he was slightly schooled by Brigadier Jerry who later commanded the audience with his relentless microphone skills. Often credited as one of the forefathers of dancehall music, Brigadier Jerry proved that he is the ultimate deejay.


General Trees entertained the fans through out the night with his ability to ride riddims continuously. Meanwhile, Santa Ranks held it down for New York. Although Capleton's stints on the microphone were brief, the crowd went wild each time he touched the stage.
Sugar Minott laced the "Rub-a-dub" riddims with perfection. His full fledged vocals were the event's main ingredient. From belting freestyle lyrics and those of his own hits to top Reggae and R&B selections, Sugar Minott was a force to be reckoned with.


At 4:00 AM, patrons were still trying to get in the sold-out event. Even when the lights came on shortly after 4:30 AM, the audience was still enthralled.





Jamaicans receive $23m from US bus company

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Thirty-one Jamaicans who sued US bus company Greyhound have given a $23 million pay-out.


The individuals, who were hired under the Government's Overseas Hotel Employment Programme, received US$268,000 from their lawsuit.


They were issued with cheques at the Ministry of Labour on Tuesday.


The Jamaicans were injured in March 2007 in an accident involving a Greyhound bus while travelling from Florida to their places of employment in Missouri.


Greyhound will also have to pay medical and legal costs as well as other fees.


Minister of Labour Pearnel Charles assured the group that he is willing to work with them to provide any further assistance that may be necessary





Scenes from Boasy Tuesdays

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Buju woes continues

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We really don’t know what to believe…one minute we getting reports that Buju’s show is successful and enjoying some mad crazy turnout…and next comes news like this one that his shows in Eureka and Los Angeles have been cancelled and he is now facing dwindling options.


Honestly, I think they should just back off now and allow the gargamel to go through with his tour. Surely there ought to be enough patrons and promoters on his side to make it work?


What do you all think?





Good news for Cash Plus investors

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There’s good news for Cash Plus investors as it seems that there is finally a silver lining on te cloud. Depositors could be getting back some money invested in the failed investment scheme following the discovery of US$25 million dollars stashed away in a Dubai bank account by former Cash Plus boss, Carlos Hill.


After vigorously denying to that he didn’t have any money invested outside of the country the discovery was made one week later.


According to Cash Plus Liquidator Hugh Wildman, who made the disclosure at a press briefing at his office on Monday told journalists that his office recently served an injunction against Swiss Bank Julius Baer in Dubai requesting the freezing of assets after receiving crucial intelligence information on the moneys whereabouts.


Well for the investors sake we hope that even more money is fished out!.





Today's Daily Word - Wednesday, October 7, 2009

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Free


I choose to be blessed and to be a blessing.


Today is a new day, free of stress or anxiety, free of conflicts or concerns. And I am free to choose what I want it to be. I greet this day, knowing that I am a child of God and that as God's child, I am healthy, whole, prosperous and free.


By making the conscious choice to be blessed and to be a blessing, I open my heart and my life to God. I focus on being a positive influence in the lives of others. Regardless of conditions in the world around me, I look for the good and trust God for right results.


What a freeing feeling this is! What an uplifting, renewing way to live! By letting go of outer concerns and focusing on my inner state of being, I remember there is a higher power at work, and there is nothing to fear.


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G Whizz receives death threats

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Upcoming artiste G Whizz, has received threats against his life. The entertain who been getting a lot of spotlight with his single Life Soon Sort Out was forced to report the threat to the police, after an anonymous caller threatened to “chop off his head.



Garland Germaine Rowe aka G Whizz says the message was left on the telephone of his manager, Fams House Studios boss, John Barrett. The artiste claims he has no knowledge where the threats could have come from, stating he has done no-one wrong, and therefore, cannot understand this level of hatred.



Barrett (G Whizz’s manager) expressed shocked when he received the muffled message on his phone with the threat, as he claims his artiste ‘lives good and clean’ and so he has no idea why someone would try to send threatening messages.



The manager says they will not be taking any chances or treating the threat lightly.





Tools Hardware GM murdered

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The General Manager for Tools Hardware on Spanish Town Road was murdered yesterday evening about 6:30 pm at her home.



According to police reports Elva Mullings who is in her mid 40s drove up at her home at Sandalswood in Bridgeview, Portmore, St Catherine. When she alighted out of her vehicle she was approached by two gunmen who shot her in her upper body and face. She died on the spot.


The murder, which was committed at approximately 6:30 pm, plunged the community into mourning and shocked members of her staff, some of whom rushed to scene last night.


As yet no motive has been established for the killing.





Scenes from Uptown Mondays

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Today's Daily Word - Tuesday, October 6, 2009

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Faith


I trust God in every moment.


When the world seems to change too quickly or events in my life seem daunting or confusing, I turn to the power that never changes: God.


In moments of quiet meditation, I come back to center. God within guides me to make right decisions and empowers me to take right action. God is my source of understanding and wisdom, the ever-present love that leads me to form meaningful relationships and take purposeful action. In God, I am assured that order and harmony transcend temporary appearances.


As I connect with the love of God, I know that all things are possible. I trust in God, and I face the world with courage and confidence.


"Keep alert, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love."--1 Corinthians 16:13-14.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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Trinidad says no Bounty round here

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PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (AP) — Alliance head honcho, Bounty Killer, was denied entry into Trinidad for a weekend show where he was scheduled to appear, a concert promoter said Saturday.


Verne Extavour, spokesman for Jacho Entertainment, told The Associated Press that Bounty Killer was turned away upon arrival and flew back to Jamaica.


No explanation was given, Extavour said. Immigration officials did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
The last time Bounty Killer was in Trinidad, he was arrested on stage and charged with using obscene language. Authorities in Jamaica arrested him for the same reason during last year’s Reggae Sumfest.


Best known for the album My Xperience and for collaborating with No Doubt on the song Hey Baby, Bounty Killer was one of a number of musicians scheduled to perform at Saturday’s concert.
Among them was Vybz Kartel, with whom Bounty Killer has a long-standing rivalry that has led to violence between their fans.
Promoters had said the concert would represent a truce.





Major Mackerel attacked by sword-wielding neighbour

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According to an Associated Press report, veteran dancehall artiste, Major Mackerel was slashed in the head, arm and hand by a Brooklyn man wielding a 26-inch sword.


Mackerel’s neighbour, a 37-year-old man, was arrested and the sword recovered Sunday morning. Reports are that the man claim that Major Mackerel, whose real name is Garfield Dixon, was harassing his wife.


But, Novia Watson, girlfriend of the entertainer, is quoted as saying that this allegation is untrue. Dixon also denied harassing the man’s wife.


Major Mackerel was hospitalised for several hours. He left with bandages crowning his dreadlocks and wrapped around his left hand, his wrist and elbow, the New York Daily News reported.


The 37-year-old neighbor faces charges including assault with intent to cause serious injury with a weapon.





Scenes from Wet Sundays

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Scenes from Passion Sundays

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Today's Daily Word - Monday, October 5, 2009

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Momentum


I have the support I need to succeed.


Many worthwhile endeavors are not completed quickly, but rather take time. I know that each experience I have builds on something I have learned or experienced in the past. It's as though I'm building a life brick by brick.


The decisions I make and the lessons I learn may seem to result in only small steps forward. But with each one, I build momentum toward the accomplishment of my goals.


Whether I'm following an exercise program, learning a new skill or developing a savings plan, the creation process is a spiritual one. I rely on God for help, support and guidance. I trust the creative process, knowing that I have the strength, will and energy I need to succeed.


"Be strong and courageous ... for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."--Joshua 1:9.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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Talk up the right things says Boom Boom

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Alliance selector Boom Boom is disappointed that an event which was supposed to be promoting peace and unity is now being used to create conflict.


“There are reports circulating that I was musically beaten by Chris Diamond at The Building during the Gaza vs Gully unity jam,” he explained.


The Alliance selector described in detail everything that took place that night.


“After speaking with Earl, he assures me it was not a clash thing, it was something to show selectors unity and I agreed. But from mi go inna di club a pure Gaza (indicating that patrons who supported Gaza should wear white)…all di speaker and bartender sey Gaza” Boom jokingly stated.


Boom went up first and gave a lively mixture of gully, gaza and other songs…which the moderator Pretty Boy Floyd gave him ‘stripes’ for it.


The Gaza Selector took a while before he earned his stripe…this went on round after round with Boom Boom dominating except for one where Chris Diamond absolutely took it.


It came to the last set where Boom Boom absolutely destroyed the competition. So you can imagine the selector’s surprise when he heard comments on radio and at subsequent dances that he was properly whipped.


“ If dem haffi call up mi name, dem fi meck sure sey dem get it straight,” Boom Boom warned.





Who is Boom Boom?

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His name may sound like the nickname of a toddler from a Disney cartoon. But despite being given his moniker by his grandmother at age five, Boom Boom, born Marlon Kirk Wizard has been making quite a name for himself in dancehall circles. Boom Boom, in explaining how the nickname came about says, "Is like dem use to call mi grandmother fatty and true me a har grandson, dem jus' call me Boom Boom," completing the name, 'Fatty Boom Boom'.


It's a name that he has held on to, even though being a sound system selector was not always a part of his plans. He and fellow Grants Pen artiste Kibaki used to imitate the dancehall deejays they heard on radio. But at the age of nine, Boom Boom officially made the transition from deejay to selector when his uncle unexpectedly asked him to manage the Invader sound system (a well known mobile disco in Grants Pen) he owned. Boom Boom stepped up to the plate in confidence and entered into the realms of being a selector and his first time left him overwhelmed. When Boom Boom reached his teens, his uncle then gave him a job as a selector and he stayed with Invader sound for over a decade. Making his name Boom Boom soon began to make a name for himself in the Kingston 8 area and made his first major appearance at Mavado's first birthday party held on the gully side of Cassava Piece in 1998. "A Mavado first birthday mek mi career tek off and from dat mi tour di whole Europe, mi career jus' rise," Boom Boom said.


His outstanding performance led to him being offered a job by Y2K sound system, where he further honed his skills and got the chance to play abroad. Boom Boom says his style of selecting is unique and he always goes for something different. "Me a nuh di selector wey run down di top ten music wey di res' a selectors play, more time mi jus play some longtime music wey wi tek di place, like from inna di '90s and early 2000," he said. "My energy come from di crowd, based on how they react." Boom Boom describes himself as, "a nice individual", but says, "when a time fi perform mi get cross, when it come on to playing a di job dat, yuh haffi get the job done." There are some artistes, however, who Boom Boom says, have an added energy that he loves. "Mi a play Mavado from 1993, mi a di first selector play Mavado, suh mi have a extra energy playing fi dem song, him an Kibaki. When mi a play like Mavado, Flex, Kibaki, mi get a big energy. Di Killer a di sealer, anytime mi sey Bounty Killa, a di sealer dat," he said. Well, Boom Boom says his fans can catch him in live action at his regular spots like Bembe Thursdays, Chi Ching Tuesday in Golden Spring and Gal-A Tuesday in Linstead.







The Berlin Salute to Jamaica's representatives at the 2009 World Championships in August got off to a glitzy start yesterday (Oct. 2) with the Golden Reception on the lawns of Jamaica House.


The event was reminiscent of an award show or movie premier, with the red carpet laid out for the fashionably dressed athletes, who were greeted by hosts, Prime Minister Hon. Bruce Golding, and Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Hon. Olivia Grange.


The thousands of family, friends and well wishers, who turned out to celebrate with the athletes, were treated to scrumptious Jamaican fare and high qualify entertainment, featuring international reggae star Shaggy, Christopher Martin, Etana, and Italian reggae artiste Alberosie. Even aspects of the Berlin Championships were recreated, with Berlino the bear, Berlin's playful mascot present to mingle with the athletes and guests.


However, for most, the best part of the evening was being able to interact with Jamaica's sporting heroes. University of Technology student, Leighton Jackson, said that the highlight of his night was seeing World and Olympic Champion Usain Bolt in person.


Former 100-metre world record holder and bronze medal winner in the just-concluded games, Asafa Powell, said he felt "overwhelmed" by the support and appreciated the personal congratulations from those present at the event.


All the athletes were given plaques to mark their achievements in Berlin, while several past athletes, such as 400-metre runner Bert Cameron, and technical and support staff in the athletics field, similarly rewarded.


Mr. Golding congratulated the athletes on their performances in track and field saying they have shown the youths of Jamaica that there is nothing they cannot achieve.


"I want them (the athletes) to be conscious of what they mean to the people of Jamaica. I don't think they understand what they mean to the young people of this country, who now have a sense of what they can achieve. Young people, who watched them said: 'you know what, if they can do it, I can do it as well'," the Prime Minister said.


Describing the athletes as the "people's champions", Mr. Golding said this weekend's Berlin Salute events will give the athletes a chance to celebrate directly with the people of Jamaica.


The Jamaicans left Berlin with seven gold, four silver and two bronze medals, which was the country's best-ever medal haul at an international meet.


Among the most memorable Berlin moments were Usain Bolt's record-breaking run in the 100-metre and 200-metre races; Bridgitte Foster Hylton's celebrations following her win in the 100-metre hurdles; and Melaine Walker and Shelly-Ann Fraser's wins in the 400-metre hurdles and 100-metre, respectively, cemented their positions as world leaders in the events.


The celebrations will continue tomorrow (Oct.4) with a fun day at the Trelawny Multipurpose Stadium, and will culminate with a gala at the stadium in the night.





Today's Daily Word - Sunday, October 4, 2009

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One Power


There is only one power in my life and in the universe, God the good.
I begin my day by affirming, "There is only one power in my life and in the universe, God the good." This affirmation helps me keep my focus on God and see God active in my life.


There may be times when people or conditions seem to have a certain power over me. But I remind myself that things only have the power I give them. Releasing any belief in the power of anyone or anything to take away my good, I return to my morning affirmation. There is only ONE power in my life and in those around me--and that power is God.


Centered in divine power, I am at peace. If there is an action I am to take to help restore my health, prosperity or harmony, I am receptive to the guidance and wisdom of the One Power, God the good.


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Scenes from the Berlin Celebration

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Scenes from Fresh Fridays

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What’s going on!

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It is apparent that there will be no ceasefire where Bounty Killer and Vybz Kartel are concerned as reports have surfaced that the Bounty was denied entry into Trinidad.


Vybz had no such problem and so he will be the sole headline act on tonight’s Ceasefire in the country.
The reasons surrounding his refusal are not yet known, but yardflex will keep you posted.





Hottie Hottie of the Week

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Today's Daily Word - Saturday, October 3, 2009

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Protected


God is my source, my strength and my shield.


Feelings of insecurity may creep up on me from time to time. If so, I take a moment to observe the thoughts behind my feelings. Rather than dwell on what might go wrong, I choose to focus on God's powerful, protecting presence within and around me.


With each slow, deep breath, I am filled with peace. God is greater than my fears, and I am God's beloved. I call upon divine strength and feel my strength increasing.


In any situation, God is mighty in the midst of me, lifting my spirits and calming my mind. God is my source, my strength and my shield. I am grateful for a peaceful heart, as I know I am always safe in God's presence.


"This God--his way is perfect; the promise of the Lord proves true; he is a shield for all who take refuge in him."--2 Samuel 22:31
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Scenes from Bembe

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Luciano Makes his Return at Reeewind

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Reggae’s self-proclaimed Messenger, Luciano, makes his long-awaited, triumphant return to the Tri-state area when he appears on Irish and Chin’s Reeewind on Saturday, October 3.


The powerful Reggae singer will perform on the one-and-only King Stur Gav sound with a host of top artistes. Although Luciano boasts flawless vocals and a massive catalogue of cultural music, at "Reeewind," he will face his biggest challenge with no band to back him.


While the "Rub-a-dub" theme of "Reeewind" directly complements Luciano's music and essence, he will have to prove himself as the only singer slated for the event. So that Luciano's baritone infused lyrics don't get overwhelmed by the contingency of deejays billed for the session, the cultural vocalist will be required to command the mic.


In addition to being caught between the likes of Beenie Man and Capleton, who have rivaled for decades, Luciano will have to shine among the veteran Deejays. It's no secret that U-Roy, Brigadier Jerry, Charlie Chaplin and General Trees are masters of the "Rub-a-dub" era. So, the pressure is on for "The Messenger" to flow continuously through out the night.


But one must note that Irish and Chin handpicked Luciano for "Reeewind" because of his caliber, vocal strength and catalogue. And to top these attributes -- Luciano can ride any riddim impeccably. With this in mind, Luciano could very well overcome obstacles at "Reeewind." With a massive fan base behind him during this epic return, Luciano just may come out the night's biggest success. Luciano has performed on King Stur Gav in the past and the reviews were unbelievable. Most expect nothing less than that this time around. Although "Reeewind" is not a competition, the artists will have to prove their worth!







Dancehall hot girl, Shantal Chin — sister of the Rosie Chin who Ele deejays about — says the DNA results are back and they state that Busy Signal is the father of her seven and a half month old daughter.Shantal, whose sister was involved in a ‘jacket’ drama with Craig of the group Voicemail, is now seeking the help of the Family Court to get Busy to support their child financially.


She reportedly told one newspaper that at first Busy was “helping out” but then people started saying that child wasn’t his, so he demanded a paternity test, but nothing has changed. The deejay, like many of his colleagues, remains on the list of “Deadbeat Dads”.
Actually it was earlier this year that Voicemail member Craig, was involved in a baby mother drama which resulted in a DNA test proving that Craig was not the father of the child.


News that Craig had been given a ‘jacket’ made the front page and the deejay was the subject of many jokes.
It was then that deejay Busy Signal reportedly took the decision that he too wanted a paternity test.


The story is that 19-year-old Shantal was one month pregnant when her 19 month relationship with the dancehall artiste came to an end. Busy, she says, used to make a contribution, however, she went to Panama to stay with her aunt and give birth. Upon her return to Jamaica, however, Busy has refused to take her calls and is unwilling to support their daughter.


It was then that Shantal reported the matter to the Family Court in Kingston. The two are to appear for family counselling on October 7.





YardFlex Hot Charts

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Are You Sure Music Video to be Shot Next Week

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Reggae crooner Collin ‘Iley Dread’ Levy is gearing up to shoot the music video for the single that is making a lot of noise in the dancehall these days - Are You Sure.


According to Iley, everything is in place for the video shoot which will take place next week.


“The video will be shot in Kingston, Portland and Ocho Rios and all I can say is that I am expecting big things from it,” he told Chat!.
Top flight director Ras Kassa who has worked with artistes such as Damian Marley, Sean Paul and others will be in charge of directing the video.


“Fans can expect to see a great quality video and one that fit the international standard,” the singer said about his upcoming project.
Not giving away too much about the video shoot, he said there will be some great surprises “you will see some of your favourites actors in the video,” Iley promised.


Iley says he expects the video to be edited and ready for the television screen by the end of month.





Chino Set on his Musical Path

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There is no changing from the musical path that Daniel ‘Chino’ McGregor is set on. The song of reggae stalwart Freddie McGregor is definitely a talent in his own right as he shows that he has what it takes to hold his own in the competition music industry.


His accomplishments are now pretty impressive as he was recently chosen to work on the Coke Zero project, which was an overwhelming success. ..that leads to his being in the National Geographic documentary.


The documentary, 'The Music Nomad - Made in Jamaica' highlighted the Jamaican music and culture with the McGregor family taking the lead role.


“it was not about putting on or taking off anything. I brought them in the studio and captured the whole recording process,” he told Yardflex.


From Mawning since it hit the airwaves took off like a raging fire. The infectious riddim and the uplifting words seemed to have found a comfortable niche in the hearts of music lovers. Chino is now working on the video for the hot single and he says it should be ready to hit the streets in the next two weeks.


A newly released single is now getting a buzz on the scene and it’s Nuh Put Nuh Woman Pon Yuh Head, rapping about the song Chino says it’s self explanatory. “Any man in the street can relate to that song. But it’s for the youths to take in their education and leave big people things alone,” he added.


The talented artiste also shared his opinion with Yardflex on the state of the dancehall…” The production level is stepping up, we are getting a lot of positive songs as opposed to the negative styles. Outside of that, I wish a lot more Jamaican could get the chance to travel more to places in the US and Europe and Japan,” he said, adding that they would be in for a rude awakening as “no one know them or would be interested in some of the music they are raving about here.


“Make music that appeal to the wider public ,” Chino said as he told Yardflex it was a thrill to hear people who don’t speak English chanting the words of his songs.


For Chino the solution to making the music business much better is for everyone to work together. “Artistes and producers have to unite. A pure hypocrite, everyone smile until you look like you making a further step. Cut out the crab inna barrel mentality,” he warned.


Looking ahead Chino in between keeping his performance engagements in and out of the country is working on a brand new riddim, which he is for the moment keeping close to his chest.


No amount of prodding could get that information out…but all we can say is that it will be coming with some real tough tunes.





Sean Paul takes 2009 MOBO for Best Reggae

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Big up to Sean Paul who walked away on Thursday night the 2009 Music of Black Origin (MOBO) award for Best Reggae Album with his August release Imperial Blaze.



Since its release the VP/Atlantic Imperial Blaze album sold 28,465 copies in its opening week to register a number 12 debut on the Billboard 200 album chart.



It registered brisk movements on the Billboard rap and reggae album charts, it topped the popular online store iTunes Reggae abums chart in the UK and France. It also made its debut in Japan at #1.



The MOBO Awards which was held at the Glasgow’s Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) in Scotland saw Paul edging out artistes such as Mavado, Serani, Tarrus Riley and Vybz Kartel.



Other winners for the night included Beyonce (Best International, Best Video: Singles Ladies), Keri Hilson (Best R&B) and JLS (Best Newcomer.





Dancehall Rivals for Show in Trinidad

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The show is interestingly dubbed Ceasefire and it sees rivals Bounty Killer and Vybz Kartel sharing the stage.


The action will take place on Saturday, October 3 at King George V Park, Port-of-Spain. Of course other acts are on the bill such as Macka Diamond, but all eyes will be on those two.





Today's Daily Word - Friday, October 2, 2009

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Prayer


As I turn my thoughts to God, my life becomes a prayer.


I do not need to go away to a mountaintop or seclude myself in a sacred place to spend time in prayer. I need only to turn my thoughts inward and open my mind and heart to God. In this way, I make whatever I am doing a prayer.


As I prepare a meal, I am grateful for the food, and as I clean my house, I am grateful for the restful haven it provides me. As I walk in the park, I feel a sense of oneness with all life in the world around me. As I go through my workday, I am God's instrument of good in the world, and what I do and say is an expression of God.


The more I turn my thoughts to God, the more my life becomes a prayer.


"Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."--1 Thessalonians 5:16-18.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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Scenes from Weddy Weddy

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Today's Daily Word - Thursday, October 1, 2009

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Discover


I discover and express more of my divine potential each day.


My life is an adventure that both challenges and thrills me. Each new experience allows me to express more of my strengths and talents.
At times, however, my human capabilities may seem insufficient to the task at hand. I know that to reach my goal, I must discover and use more of my divine potential.


In sacred communion with God, I release any sense of limitation and open myself to divine direction. I see new areas of possibility--new capabilities to be explored. I am guided to the right course of action.


Filled with a new understanding of my divine nature, I have the tools I need to experience abundance, joy, health and peace.


"Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you."--Matthew 7:7.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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Scenes from KLAS School Tour

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Today's Daily Word - Saturday, October 31, 2009

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Joy



Divine power fills me with joy today.


Like waves in the ocean or birds in the sky, I am uplifted by divine power expressing through me. As I pray and go about my activities, God is the power that fills me with joy. Just as energy moves the waves and wind lifts the birds, this joy radiates throughout my being, filling me with energy and enthusiasm for life.


I find joy in simple things like spending time with a friend or enjoying the beauty of nature. I am aware of the simple, joy-filled moments and collect them as treasures. Joy shapes my thoughts and flows out into my conversations and actions.


I experience joy as the truth of my being and the divine energy in my life.


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YardFlex Hot Charts

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What a musician salt

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After him leave Jamaica and go Jamaica fi do some work wid di Japanese dem, dem beat him up no ends. Then he returns to his homeland and get beat up still!


No sir that just takes the cake.


The case is now before the courts involving a Japanese man who it is alleged attacked the musician over a tune. He is now being remanded in custody following the musician’s complaint to the police.


Investigation revealed also that the 27-year-old accused foreigner Takuya Nakamura, has overstayed his time in the island, is also charged for possession of ganja and a ‘chillum pipe’, which were found at his residence.


When he next appears in court a translator will be provided to assist him.


According to police report, on October 21, the musician visited the house where Nakamura was staying at Hibiscus Drive, Kingston 8, after he was contacted by the accused. While at the house Nakamura asked the complainant if he got the tune, but the complainant told him that the man, who was to deal with it said he could not split it.
Nackamura reportedly then told the complainant to stop acting the fool. He then attacked the complainant and kicked him in the chest and pushed him down on a bed, that he was sitting on and slapped him in the face.


The complainant tried to defend himself but was kicked repeatedly over his body by the accused.


The complainant was taken to the University Hospital of the West Indies on the following, day after he woke up in pain with his legs swollen.


Now you see why if Jamaicans are doing business with oriental folks they need to first do an intensive ninja course.







Now we have heard it all. A course for sex workers? Yes, we kid you not. 22 Prostitutes participated in a UN sponsored programme and graduated on Thursday from the skills training programme put on by Heather Little-White and Associates and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).


The male and females sex workers were exposed to cosmetology, housekeeping, culinary skllls in the course which began in September.


A sum of $1.2million was donated by UNAIDS toward the initiative.
The good thing about the whole deal is that the sex workers can now abandon their former profession and live off their new training.
The graduation ceremony was packed with motivational speeches and performances from Joan Andrea Hutchinson, Queen Ifrica, Tony Rebel and others.


“You are teaching me that there are people in Jamaica who still want good. People who have high hopes and big ambitions,” said Rebel, “Government need to come talk to Heather, why? Because this is a new method of fixing a problem in the country, if we want to fix our society now, we can’t just use the same old time method”.


Hutchinson told the graduates: “You have two choices, you can sit down and wait for things to happen or you can do something about it. What is commendable is that all of you inside here have chosen to do something about it”.


“You see the concept of putting limits on yourself, don’t let anybody put any limits on you. You put that limit on yourself,” she added.


Yardflex wishes them success on the new path they have taken.





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Today's Daily Word - Friday, October 30, 2009

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Harmony


I live in harmony with all expressions of life.


Today I hold the intention to notice and appreciate harmony in its many forms. I hear it in the music playing in the background, see it in the combination of furnishings and colors in a room, and experience it in the mutual agreement of time and place to meet a treasured friend.


I appreciate that I am a valued part of the harmony of all life. My uniqueness is an essential element of the human family and so is the individuality of others. When we respect one another's differences, we collectively enhance the whole.


With gratitude for life in all its countless forms, I live in partnership with God's creation.


"May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another."--Romans 15:5
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Scences from Weddy Weddy

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Scenes from Boasy Tuesdays

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MIGHTY CROWN'S SNEAKER LAUNCH ((YARDFLEX))

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Fashion’s Nigh t Out this evening

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Finally! A bargain deal that makes sense! This evening for one night only between the hours of 5:00 pm and 10:00 pm over 300 stores across Kingston will be giving huge discounts to shoppers. They will be slashing as much as 70% off their cost.


This initiative is the brainchild of the Observer’s Novia McDonald Whyte and I for one will be hitting the streets later on to cash in on this huge bargain. Just think, clothes, shoes, handbags, the whole works are an amazing low price…you might not even be seeing this kind of a deal in the Christmas season again either!





Kartel to launch Street Vibes Thursdays tonight

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Tonight at The Building will be the first of a weekly event dubbed Street Vybz Thursdays, led by the Gaza head Vybz Kartel. According to the DJ its his way of giving back. He will be using proceeds from the event to aid in in buying computers for various schools in Portmore.


Fans will also be getting a chance to mix and mingle with the DJ on a weekly basis…as long as he doesn’t have any other show commitments.


Prizes can be won those nights and of course there won’t be any shortage of fun and excitement.


We must say this makes a pleasant change from all the negative vibes surrounding Gaza land.





Today's Daily Word - Thursday, October 29, 2009

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Inner Peace



I am a radiating center of peace.


Heat emanates from the core of the sun, where particles bump and collide, radiating energy and warmth. When I turn my face to the sun, I feel the power that is released from deep within it, benefitting me and all of planet Earth.


Deep within me, divine light radiates love and energy throughout my mind, body and spirit. Loving expressions emanate from the core of me, from my Christ nature.


I have within me all I need to radiate love and peace into the world.
Outward expressions of peace begin with inner peace. I focus and center myself on the Christ Light within, and every thought I hold and every word I speak are bathed in peace.


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Policeman under investigation killed in Florida

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A Jamaican policeman who recently fled the island after being placed under investigation for driving a stolen motor vehicle has been killed in the United States.


Hasting Clarke, 32, who was attached to the Organised Crime Investigation Division (OCID), was stabbed to death on the weekend in Coconut Creek, South Florida.


It is understood that Mr. Clarke fled Jamaica three weeks ago.


He was suspended from the Force for driving a stolen motor vehicle which was being used as evidence in a case in which he was the investigating officer.


Mr. Clarke eluded his fellow officers and boarded a plane at the Norman Manley International Airport when he got wind of the investigation.


The policeman however met his demise when the angry ex-boyfriend of a female friend he was visiting barged into her house on Saturday morning in Coconut Creek, South Florida.


According to police reports, the policeman was at 36-year-old Joy Stewart's house about 1'oclock when 28-year-old Paul Gayle barged in.


The police say Mr. Gayle was apparently upset over their recent break-up.


It is understood that the policeman who went to Miss Stewart's defense was stabbed several times by Mr. Gayle who was armed with a knife.


He died on the spot.


Miss Stewart escaped with minor injuries.


Mr. Gayle is charged with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and armed burglary.





VP Records presents the best of Morgan Heritage

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This must have compilation chronicles the favourites, highlights, and rarities celebrating the talented family's journey.


Since their 1997 VP Records debut, Protect Us Jah, Morgan Heritage has positioned themselves as one of Reggae's best bands. The accomplishments of the group and individual members are formidable; as songwriters, producers and a touring band. This family of talented performers has released eight studio and two live albums which has extended the audience and definition of Reggae. This finely honed modern roots identity, which has made Morgan Heritage one of Reggae's most enduringly successful acts, is showcased throughout this greatest hits CD/DVD compilation, The Journey Thus Far, in stores October 27.


This comprehensive disc features the group's finest recordings to date, plus two previously unreleased tracks. It also features concert footage of The Morgans performing in Senegal and Gambia plus nine of the group's most popular videos.


The CD commences with the title track from Protect Us Jah a simple yet heartfelt prayer for spiritual strength sung over Bobby Digital's brilliant reworking of the Heathen rhythm, an instrumentation from the Bob Marley song by that name.


Other tracks include Don't Haffi Dread, which remains one of the most requested in the group's hit-filled repertoire with its easily sung, catchy refrain. Two of the biggest reggae hits of 2004/2005 were produced on enormously popular one-drop rhythms by Donovan 'Don Corleon' Bennett and included on Heritage's 2005 VP Records release Full Circle. Peetah earned cheers from women everywhere as he rebuffed the advances of Your Best Friend on the Drop Leaf rhythm while, Tell Me How Come?


on the Seasons rhythm forcefully decries the injustices that abound in Jamaica from the continual fight against Rastafari, to the discrepancy in education offered to rich and poor children.


From the group's 10th Album Mission in Progress released by VP in 2008, Brooklyn and Jamaica produced by Shane Brown, draws gritty parallels between reggae's birthplace and the borough of kings, home to the largest population of Jamaicans off of the island.


The Journey Thus Far demonstrates Morgan Heritage's collective building process and their extraordinary evolution from a precociously talented teen aggregation into one of contemporary Reggae's most powerful sonic and lyrical forces. Throughout their profound journey, Morgan Heritage has pioneered Jamaican music's popularity in such far flung locales as the Seychelles Islands in the Indian Ocean to the rural Northern US, where many residents had never even heard the word reggae prior to their appearances there and they've made roots reggae relevant to a generation of fans who weren't yet born when Jamaican icons such as Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, and Dennis Brown were touring the world.





Seniors Learning to Use the Computer

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For most persons, retirement is a time for relaxation, after years of contributing to the development of the country. However, for some it's a time to learn a new skill or to further their education.


In an interview with JIS News, Parish Organiser for the National Council for Senior Citizens (NCSC) in Manchester, Mrs. Estella Dyer-Crawford, says that senior citizens are valuable assets, and programmes have been developed to expose them to skills they can apply in their daily lives.


"Our seniors here in Manchester go to the parish library where they get basic training in computer skills. We also have the National Council for Senior Citizens' Competitions and we have the Spelling Bee competition. The programmes are geared for our seniors to expose their knowledge and interact with the younger persons and to be useful citizens in society," she says.


Recently, some 19 senior citizens graduated from a computer course offered by the Manchester Parish Library, and Mrs. Dyer-Crawford notes that it was well received by community members, especially the elderly.


"I realise that with the library, they get there before 9 o'clock and some of the seniors report that when they go back home, their grandchildren actually help them with the Spelling Bee. So, what is happening is that they have this relationship with the youngsters, a sort of bonding, and now are able to move along with the changes when we have them involved in all these educational programmes," she tells JIS News.


"They were excited about it, with a few asking, can I manage? They were willing to go and try, because as seniors you do not want to be left out. Nobody is writing letters now and they need to hear from the children and other members of the family who are abroad. Some of the grandchildren have bought their grandparents computers, so that they can correspond with them," she adds.


The 19 senior citizens were presented with certificates of participation at a ceremony, which was held on September 15, at the Mandeville Parish Church Hall, in Manchester.


Mr. Glenford Bromfield and his wife, Laura, are senior citizens who have grasped the opportunity offered by the Manchester Parish Library to learn something new about the computer. They were introduced to basic computer skills, which they now use to communicate with their children abroad.


"We heard about it through the senior citizen movement and we volunteered to join the classes. I was very impressed after I went to the library and saw what they were doing. A lot of the people were younger than I, and it seems as if it was just another going back to school (activity)," Mr. Bromfield says.


"It was really exciting until the time of graduation. I am hoping that I could go further, but lightening hit my laptop, but if the library could give us further courses or even if somebody has to contribute towards it, I would be very appreciative of it," he adds.


Mr. Bromfield says other senior citizens should use the opportunities given to them to learn something new.


"I think it would help some persons, and some have already done that. I think you should go back to get further training and further experience. I am just excited about this programme and I never know that people of our age would be excited about something like the computer. But we have learnt now and have seen that it is the thing of the day, so we should learn as much as we can," he says.





Digicel responds to LIME lawsuit

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Telecommunications provider Digicel has issued a stinging response to a lawsuit brought against it by its rival LIME.


In a statement to the media Digicel dismissed LIME's claim as a desperate attempt to cling on to its crumbling monopoly on the local land-line market.


It added that the action by its rival is aimed at forcing it to hike the prices of its fixed wireless product for business customers-- a move which it has vowed to resist.


The suit, filed in the Supreme Court on Monday is part of LIME's efforts to get Digicel to lower the rates it charges for its land-line customers to call Digicel mobile phones.


LIME is also seeking to recover damages of more than $100 million which it claims has been lost because of Digicel's pricing structure.


In the suit, LIME claims that in January, Digicel started to charge LIME's landline customers as much as $8.50 per minute to call Digicel mobile customers.


LIME says Digicel was then charging its own landline customers only $4 per minute for comparable calls.


LIME is maintaining that Digicel, by setting a much higher termination rate for LIME to pay when its land-line customers call Digicel mobiles, has imposed discriminatory pricing.





Yawn, yawn…enough Bounty, Kartel

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We thought that Bounty went on stage and indicated that there comes a time when you must move from being a boy to a man. He said he was finished with the foolishness and many embraced his new attitude. In fact that was what earned him the huge forwards when he stormed the stage in Sumfest. He totally redeemed himself with a new attitude, one that many dancehall fans love.


We can’t but think this is another stunt orchestrated to build up a vibes for the upcoming Sting. With the economy in shambles and people will now have to make hard choices about the entertainment event they support, it’s a good drawing card to appeal to the blood thirsty dancehall fans who enjoys a good clash to save towards.


However, we long for the day when all this foolishness is eliminated from the dancehall and people can once again listen to “feel good” songs. Now I don’t know what to call these things blaring from the boom boxes…a tracing match or mob scene.







Dancehall is not the only thing that is shadowed by brawls and violence. But it’s not surprising that hip hop is plagued with the same curse as they two walk hand in hand.


During Akon and T-Pain’s gig in Australia 18 people were injured and several hospitalized when rival gangs collide.


According to a story posted on EURweb.com rival gangs in Melbourne, Australia clashed during a concert featuring Akon and T-Pain on Sunday (Oct. 25), leaving 18 people injured -- 11 of them hospitalized and treated for lacerations, bruises and other minor injuries.


The artists were headlining a show at the HiSense Arena when gangbangers in the audience started tripping. At one point, Akon jumped into the crowd to try and stop the violence, but to no avail.


"I don't know if y'all know how hard it took me to get here," Akon said from the shoulders of a security guard. "It took me almost two years for Australia to let me back in the country and I'm not going to let them f**k up our concert tonight."


Akon had been unable to get a work permit in Australia due to his prior criminal record.


One man was arrested in Sunday's melee for assaulting and knocking a security guard unconsciousness.

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Today's Daily Word - Wednesday, October 28, 2009

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Contribution


I am love in action, contributing to the well-being of others.


God's love expresses through me to bless others. I perceive the people with whom I interact as the children of God they truly are. I look for opportunities to be of help, to appreciate and to make a positive contribution.


I find many opportunities to give from my heart. I extend a wave and a warm smile to a neighbor, call or e-mail a friend or relative, or give time and attention to someone in need.


I look beyond the outer persona of those who seem unfriendly or impolite and behold their true essence. For all those I meet or think of today, I say a silent blessing: I behold the Christ in you. I visualize you whole, happy, prosperous and peaceful.


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Scenes from Hustle the money Boat Ride

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Today's Daily Word - Tuesday, October 27, 2009

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A Way


God is my help in every need.


In "The Prayer of Faith," Hannah More Kohaus begins: "God is my help in every need. God does my every hunger feed. God walks beside me, guides my way, through every moment of the day."


With God, there is always a way to meet life's challenges, to rise above what appear to be limiting circumstances. There is always a way to restore wholeness and peace of mind, to experience joy and to grow in spiritual understanding. God is the loving, all- providing presence within me, the unwavering principle of truth and love.


God brings forth the good in any situation. I turn within to God in prayer with faith and expectancy, knowing there is a way through any shadow into the light. "God, I am listening. God, I will abide in you. You are my help in every need."


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Rohan Marley to ’stir up’ Reggae Marathon

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KINGSTON, Jamaica: As plans are finalized for the ninth staging of the Reggae Marathon, the Half Marathon and the 10K race in Negril, on December 5, the Jamdammers Running Club of Kingston – the organizers of the event, has announced that Rohan Marley, son of the iconic Bob Marley, will be among the VIP participants.


An avid football player and entrepreneur, Rohan Marley, co-founder of the organically Blue Mountain grown “Marley Coffee”, will be joining participants from other countries as diverse as Brazil, South Africa and Finland, as they take to the course in what has become an eagerly anticipated event. His participation will be filmed for a television series to be aired on the travel channel in the USA and other internationally syndicated channels in 2010.


“This is good news not only for the Marathon event but also for Jamaica,” stated President of the Jamdammers Running Club, Tanya Miller. “Our trophies for the winners are named in honor of Bob and Rita Marley and the fact that a member of the Marley family will actually be participating this year, adds to the excitement of the race. Of course we also welcome the additional international television exposure which will be of immense value to the event as well as for Jamaica,” she added.


Race Director Alfred Francis is also pleased with the “continuing interest in Reggae Marathon, both from our own Jamaican, as well as overseas participants, despite the all around belt tightening because of the global recession.”


Francis said: “Staging the event each year continues to be a challenge and we thank all our faithful sponsors such as Digicel and Pan Caribbean for their continued support. At the same time we would welcome participation from other sponsors as well as additional governmental support.”


Your Ad HereHe added, however, “people are still excited to come to Jamaica and they are being inspired to participate in Reggae Marathon for a variety of reasons, whether it is the need to travel, get fit or to honor someone who has been affected by a ‘life style’ disease.” He mentioned Jamaican-Canadian Chris Morales who has registered for the event and will be running in memory of his father. Chris also plans to raise $10,000 for the Canadian Diabetes Association and has also inspired other members of his family to join him.


Other groups that have also registered include, “Sisters in Motion”, (whose goal is to “encourage adult African-American women of all ages to become physically active in a supportive and non-threatening environment through regular exercise”); The Canadian “Running Girlz”; “Joints in Motion” (the Arthritis Foundation of the USA Chapter); as well as the “Yellow Bird Runners,” (both of whom will be making their second visit to Jamaica for the marathon event).


These overseas groups and individuals, Francis said “will be joined in Negril by our own Jamaican charity partners, including the Heart Foundation of Jamaica; corporate teams; those who have competed in the Burger King–Jamdammers Grand Prix Series and hundreds of other individuals.”


Race activities begins on Thursday, December 3, with registration being conducted at the Swept Away Sports Complex, this will be followed by the Pasta Party and Village Bash on December 4. The Marathon event will begin at 5:15 a.m. on Saturday, December 5, at the Long Bay Beach Park. The Finish Line Victory Party and awards ceremony will be held after the race on Negril’s West,

Source: TrackAlert





Les Green’s comment starts a fire

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Assistant Commissioner Les Green has started a fire with his comments when he hit out against the corrupt police in the force. Many police officers have taken issue with the statement…but let’s be real here. What are they really arguing about, it’s not as if the assistant commissioner was telling a lie.


Right now one of the top cops is facing a court case for extortion, there are a lot of cops who have built big houses, set up big businesses from their corrupt affairs…and some of these killings that you here involving police are resulting from their deals gone bad.


It’s time to take the off the tinted glasses and call a spade a spade. The main reason why crime continues to soar is that some of the people who are placed with the responsibility to protect and serve are no longer doing that.


They are more concerned with lining their pockets and accounts from the spoils. Too many are using the government’s bullets to make a profit from it, selling it to bad men in the streets instead of using it to defend tax paying people.


If the good ones are offended by Les Green’s statement, then hush, but many of these good ones know about the corrupt activities of their fellow cops and choose to remain silent…so at the end of the day, they deserve to share in the blame too.







Well the book is finally out, for you all who want to dig into Prodigal Son and Joan Whilby’s marital affairs then you can do that by buying her book which she launched the other day. The book entitled From Brokenness to Victory talks about her loneliness, abuse and of course the victory she found.


Now that she has told her side of the story, people are wondering if Prodigal Son will be talking up the tings any time soon. What will he say we wonder?





Today's Daily Word - Monday, October 26, 2009

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Grace


I move gracefully through life as the Christ presence guides me.


The familiar phrase "Nobody's perfect!" may help me accept a human failing or setback and keep it in perspective. But in Truth, through grace, the correct phrase is actually "Everybody's perfect!"
There is a part of each and every creation that is perfect--the Christ presence within. This divine aspect of my being is ever- present. Before any activity or decision, and especially if I don't feel up to the task at hand, I turn within and call upon my inner strength and divine perfection.


The power and presence of the Christ within is always available to help me gracefully move through life. While it may seem at times that "nobody's perfect," all is perfect through the grace of God.
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Today's Daily Word - Sunday, October 25, 2009

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Prosperity


I am open to abundance and prospered in every way.


As I greet the sun and behold the blessings of an abundant universe, my heart thrills to God's provision. I begin this day filled with a spirit of thanksgiving.


I am grateful for the many ways my life is enriched, for the loving relationships, supportive surroundings and creative outlets for expressing my own God-given gifts.


As I use my gifts to touch the lives of others, I am even more blessed in return. Giving from the abundance that comes my way, I am assured that by sharing, I open to even greater prosperity and fulfillment.


My appreciation for God's blessings grows with each passing day.
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Scenes from Xpression Thurdays

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Men: Careful how you buy women

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One man who negotiated a deal with a female prostitute in May Pen was in for a rude awakening when he found out that the ‘she’ was in fact a ‘he’.


When the amorous man started fondling the woman, he discovered that it was all a sham and it was at this point that things got ugly. The shim drew a knife and the two started struggling. It was this struggle that eventually caught the police attention.


The police say they noticed the two involved in a dispute in a Toyota Mark II motorcar parked at a lonely spot near a petrol station along Manchester Avenue.


The police took both persons to the May Pen Police Station where it was discovered that the 'woman' was actually a man dressed in drag.


Police say they suspect that the cross-dresser is a prostitute and had sought to sell his wares to the unsuspecting male customer, who was riding a bicycle on Manchester Avenue when he was approached by the prostitute.


The man was reportedly beside himself with rage upon discovering that he was intimately





Today's Daily Word - Saturday, October 24, 2009

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World Peace


Our expressions of love and compassion create a world at peace.


With every loving thought we hold, every kind word we express, we contribute to a world at peace. Each of us has the power to love and the ability to be patient and forgiving, no matter what is happening. Even in the appearance of turmoil and trouble, we can affirm: Peace, be still. We can still troubled waters with the power of our love.


As we go about our day, we express compassion wherever possible. As we pray, we see the divine good in our loved ones and we inspire others. Centered in the divine nature of our being and the oneness that we are, we are powerful. Our smallest acts combine with the actions of others to create a world at peace, a world that works for all.


"So that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them."--John 17:26.Inspired by this message? Want to talk to friends about it? Share your thoughts here.


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YardFlex Hot Charts

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A who have AIDS?

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A true…nah sah, mi nah believe dey one dey. Dem have it a talk sey di top entertainer have AIDS but him a hold it dung. No, mi nah talk di tiad rumour wid Elephant Man either, is one dat woulda shock unno fi find out. And di ting bout it is that it woulda real serious if a true cause di amount a woman whey him one sleep wid woulda mean sey a nuff nuff people a Jamaica and foreign get it through him alone. Dats why mi always sey ynuh, if unna a guh bat, go wid unno shield, cause just because artistes big and got money nuh mean sey unno can trust up unnoself to dem.





Entertainment world mix up bad

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No bwoy, mi head a hot mi, in fact it still a spin from all a di mix up whey inna entertainment. Big big female dancer whey look sexy and ting, she just a go round and a sleep wid di entertainment personalities dem suh…from DJ to top man inna di biz. Yuh name it she nuh care, she just it fling it pon dem suh. My girl it nuh sound good, people a chat yuh nuff behind yuh back. Yuh look too good fi a guh around a gi whey tings careless suh. Lawks man, have some pride and focus pony uh career nuh!





What’s di difference?

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Is how come certain DJ love lick out gainst homos and gwaan di most ways and mi buck up a few browning whey a chat how him get him groove on when him have sex wid har inna har bottom, lawks, mi caan tink bout it at all. It hot mi ynuh, cause mi did really rate deh DJ deh, but afta dis, mi just a wonda what’s di difference if you do a woman behind and a man own…nuh di same batty?





Today's Daily Word - Friday, October 23, 2009

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Let Go, Let God


I let go and let God free me for greater good.


If ever I feel caught up in a web of negative or repetitive circumstances, I do not lose hope in finding a solution. This is my opportunity to meet the challenge squarely and spiritually by turning to God, my powerful ally, for assistance.


I pause and redirect my attention away from the situation itself toward God within. This helps me reconnect with Spirit present within me and within all circumstances. I consciously let go of any anxious thoughts, and I feel the grip of negativity loosening.


I remain still in prayer and let God's presence raise my understanding so that I know the way forward. I let go and let God free me for greater good.


"My eyes are ever toward the Lord, for he will pluck my feet out of the net."--Psalm 25:15.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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Scences from Weddy Weddy

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Reggae artist Buju Banton didn't realize "faggot" had become a bad word.


At least, that's the story according to friends and colleagues of the artist, who stood in front of Trincity/Palm Beach Club last night, watching the protesters rally across the street.


As we mentioned yesterday, protesters affiliated with various gay rights groups had prepared to protest the artist's appearance in Deep Ellum last night. And sure enough, dozens of people holding flags and signs stood behind police barricades and shouted over Main Street at the club during Banton's show.


"Attention Palm Beach Club!" said Daniel Cates, co-founder of Equality March Texas, as he lifted a loud speaker to his mouth. "By allowing Buju Banton to perform this evening, you are promoting the brutal execution of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. We will not stand for murder music in our community."


Leaning against the club's wall was Gramps Morgan, who was on tour with Banton as his opening act.


"Hear that?" said Morgan, in disbelief. "They're calling it murder music... You cannot call reggae music murder music."


The ugly truth? Many of the protesters hadn't listened to Buju Banton's music. They had only read about the inflammatory lyrics on various Web sites--and they believed them.


"I don't listen to his music," said Lividia Violette, 24.


Another activist, Rick Vanderslice, said he had only read about the lyrics online on a gay rights activist site. "I've not listened to them, but seen them in print."


And finally, Blake Wilkinson of Queer LiberAction, said he also read about on-line: "The lyrics come from news sources which I thought were reputable," said Wilkinson.
Back across the street, Morgan waved off the protest.


"They have no idea what they're protesting about," he said. "They just got news because they're united. It shows you how powerful unity can be. They got news from their heads and they're just rolling with it."


But several news sites were quoting Banton as telling a Jamaican newspaper that "the war between me and the faggot" seemed far from over. Morgan didn't deny that Banton had indeed said that--just that the meaning of his words had been twisted.


In San Francisco, Banton had met with the gay community. Both sides had agreed to bridge the culminating divide. However, later that evening, protestors showed up to Banton's performance regardless. And that's when Banton commented about the continuing war.


The use of the derogatory term, however, was harder to explain. The group outside of the club, mostly from the Caribbean, admitted that Jamaica was more or less a "homophobic island."


In fact, during a conversation with the evening's DJ, the word came up again. When asked why he chose to use the term, the man seemed confused.


"So, they are not?" said the DJ. "Oh, I didn't know faggot was bad ... In Jamaica it's norm. Here, I didn't know it's offensive to them."


And this is the same explanation Morgan gave for his touring partner Banton.


"[Banton] had a meeting with his manager and some other people and he was educated about the word," said Morgan. "He said, 'I didn't know it offended them.'"


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Today's Daily Word - Thursday, October 22, 2009

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Wholeness


I am whole and well.


I have access to the healing power that Jesus demonstrated in His ministry. I proclaim my wholeness and elevate my consciousness to that of the Christ consciousness.


In Christ consciousness, there is no disease and no lack. Rather, there is only vibrant health and well-being. Whatever symptoms or prognoses may confront me, I meet them with faith and remain confident in the healing activity in each cell of my body.


In prayer, I am guided to the right course of treatment. I surround myself with positive friends and professionals. I achieve a sense of peace and well-being. Throughout the healing process, I deepen my Christ consciousness and I experience radiant wholeness.


"Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these."--John 14:12.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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JAMAICAN LABOR BROKER CONVICTED

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NORFOLK, Virginia – Clover May Robinson-Gordon, 44, of Montego Bay, St. James, Jamaica, was found guilty of one count of conspiracy and five counts of money laundering by a federal jury after the conclusion of an eight-day trial before United States District Judge Mark S. Davis. She is scheduled to be sentenced on February 1, 2010, and faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison for the conspiracy count and twenty years in prison for each of the five money laundering counts. Her husband and co-defendant, O’Brian Barrington Gordon, was found not guilty of the same counts. Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, made the announcement today.


According to evidence and trial testimony, Clover May Robinson-Gordon conspired with the Viktar Krus organization in Virginia Beach, Virginia, in H2B visa fraud and then internationally laundered the unlawful proceeds. Viktar Krus and twenty-one other foreign nationals and U.S. citizens were indicted on January 13, 2009, for massive immigration-related fraud. Krus, the organizer and leader, was sentenced on July 17, 2009 to 87 months’ imprisonment after being convicted on conspiracy, visa fraud, and tax evasion charges.


Today’s announcement is the result of the investigative work of the Eurasian Organized Crime Task Force. The task force was established by the U.S. Attorney’s Norfolk (Virginia) Division in 2007 and is comprised of agents with the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement; the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigations Division; the U.S. State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service; the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of the Inspector General; the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the Social Security Administration Office of Inspector General; the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network; the U.S. Postal Inspection Service; the FBI’s Norfolk Field Office; the Naval Criminal Investigative Service’s Norfolk Field Office; and the Virginia Beach Police Department.





Scenes from Boasy Tuesdays

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Gramps Morgan - One in a Million / Come Back to Bed

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Di "tell all book" haffi write

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Who’s gonna write the ‘tell all’ book on the lives of these entertainers and their wives, mistresses, baby mothers and other one-night stands? unno realize sey if one of dem have a serious disease -- we nah call no name -- all of dem a go ketch it. Tek for instance the wife of one deejay who did deh wid Missa Fire Pon Rome, while she still deh wid har husband and him still have a bag a gal outta road. Then she lef’ har husband and go deh wid a next deejay and get pregnant fi him. And the same deejay have a young baby mother who not too long give birth and still him name a call pon another baby inna belly – so dat is three different baby mother fi di one deejay.





Dis yah gal yah bad....she good eeh !

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But that girl deh good eeh? How you can married to one deejay and oonu don’t even divorce yet and yet you gone breed fi a next deejay? And when you husband did want baby, you flip up and sey how him nuh stable so you nah bring no pickney inna dat deh relationship. But how much better is this one? That is what people are asking. From di looks of it, the deejay who you choose busy like hell a get him groove on and a try skip round paternity tests and all these tings. We know seh times hard and you big vehicle get repossess and ting, but you a girl who know how fi play you cards right, cause a long time you a do dis ting. Goodness girl, you coulda did wait till the divorce come through before you go skettel out the ting so. We hope say when baby born we don’t hear say a paternity test is required. Maybe you should compare notes with ‘S’.





Mr Lexx to answer to rape charge in US November 2

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Dancehall deejay Christopher Palmer, better known as Mr Lexx is booked to appear in court in the United States on November 2. Mr Lexx was granted bail in the sum of US$2,500 when he appeared in court to answer to a rape charge in the United States on Saturday.


Allegations are that a report was made to the police last Friday morning, after which the deejay was picked up at the Holiday Inn in New York, where he was staying while on a visit to that country. Reports are that on the previous night he had sexually molested a woman who was also a guest at the hotel.


It has been revealed that the woman is a friend of Palmer and she is Jamaican.


Mr Lexx’s manager, Earlton Clarke, said the artiste was scheduled to leave the States on Saturday last, but he had to surrender his passport and will now have to remain in the US until the hearing on November 2.


Clarke is quoted as saying, “The matter is before the court, so I am unable to say much, except that this has come as a total shock for the artiste and it couldn’t have happened at a more inopportune time. Mr Lexx’s career is just starting to get back on a level and this is the kind of publicity that no artiste ever wants. But I have spoken to him and after hearing him relate the incident, I am standing by him to the end.” said Clarke, who was the deejay’s manager in his.


In the late 90’s Mr Lexx (then Lexxus) commanded attention in the dancehall with songs such as Gonna Make Some Money, Full Hundred and Cook.





Luciano’s trial set for February 2010

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Reggae’s self-proclaimed Messenger, Luciano, who is charged for harboring a wanted man, has his $60,000.00 bail bond extended when he appeared in court on Tuesday. He is scheduled to return to the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court for trial on February 2 next year.


In March, the singer was arrested and charged after an early morning shoot out between the police and a wanted man, Andrew “Shooty Shooty” Senior, at Luciano’s Westminster Crescent studio.


Reports are that the police went to the studio in search of Shooty Shooty who was wanted for several counts of shooting and murder. During a fierce gun battle, Shooty Shooty was killed and three police officers were injured.


Luciano was subsequently charged for harbouring the fugitive. He however has maintained his innocence as it regards to Shooty Shooty’s background and says that the wanted man was never a member of his security team, as was alleged.






Is there anything Usain Bolt can’t do?

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He is the world’s fastest man! There is no doubt about it, we are so used to winning his 100M and 200M that the only thing we need to do these days is to just guess about the times he will be doing it in.


But then Chris Gayle hosted a 15/15 Cricket match with the proceeds going to charity and guess who took part…Usain of course. He held his own with the bat in his hand and when it was time for him to bowl, he clean bowled Chris Gayle…well Gayle did manage to hit a six off him first.


Then came that football match where Bolt dribbled the ball and kicked it straight into the net!


Not lying of course, this man is something else.





Bogle’s brother wants asylum in the UK

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Reports out of the United Kingdom (UK) say the brother of slain Jamaican entertainer Gerald Levy, more popularly known as Bogle, has told immigration officials there that he fears he will lose his life if he is deported to Jamaica.


The Birmingham Mail says Lennox Russell failed in his application for asylum in the UK and has revealed he was the subject of death threats following the murder of his brother.


In 2005, Mr. Levy was gunned down with four others by two men as they stopped in a Kingston gas station.


Lennox Russell has been living in the UK for 12 years and married a British national.


However, immigration officials have now deemed that he is safe to travel and ordered him home claiming he is not at risk in his homeland.


The 40 year-old, who has three children in the UK, says he would rather die in Britain than in Jamaica.


The newspaper says Gail Adams, the UK Border Agency's Regional Director, has suggested that Mr. Russell has the right to return to Jamaica and apply for permission to live in the UK as the married partner of a British national.







The TIB Bank of the Keys amphitheater, built at a cost of about $1 million, in Islamorada Founders Park is the site of the Bayjama Reggae Fest, Saturday, Nov. 21. Photo by Jill Zima Borski.


Ky-Mani Marley, son of the late reggae singer Bob Marley, is the headliner of the Bayjama Reggae Fest, Saturday, Nov. 21 from 2-10 p.m. outdoors at Islamorada Founders Park hosted by Islamorada Community Entertainment.


Marley will be joined by the rocking reggae of Kevens and special guests, the Dalai Lama’s Tibetan Monks from the Drepung Gomang Monastery, who will bless the crowd and venue, and offer chants and prayer for peace.


General Admission is $20 in advance, with tickets available at TIB Bank locations or online, and $25 at the gate. The family-friendly, waterfront site at mile marker 87 bayside does not allow coolers or backpacks but dogs on a leash are welcome. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Food, drinks including beer, and an array of fine vendors and art will be on hand.


Ky-Mani Marley’s first musical appearance was in 1996 when he recorded Like Father Like Son, an album consisting of cover versions of some of his father’s songs. His next album, 1999’s The Journey, received mass critical acclaim, and achieved relatively good sales. His 2001 album, Many More Roads, was nominated for a Grammy Award for best reggae album.


Islamorada, Community Entertainment, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing entertainment and cultural events to Upper Keys residents, provides musical and arts scholarships to local students. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.keysice.com. For information about Islamorada, visit www.fla-keys.com.


Source: Examiner.com







Reggae singer Colin ‘Iley Dread’ Levy is near the completion stage of the video shoot for his red hot single Are You Sure.


The song has been enjoying crazy rotation on both the local and international airwaves. No one could be happier about the song’s success than Iley Dread.


The singer is promising “a wicked video” and according to him, if you liked the song, then the video will be just as entertaining.


The video will be included on the Better Dub medley and Iley is promising a really great story line for his fans.


While not giving away much regarding the details of the shoot, Iley says a very popular radio personality will be playing the role of the police in the video.


The video is scheduled to hit the airwaves in the next two weeks.


Meanwhile the single continues to gain new grounds in the States, the singer is expecting bigger things from it after the video is premiered.





Today's Daily Word - Wednesday, October 21, 2009

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Comfort


God is my source of strength and comfort.


In times of transition, the spirit of God enfolds me in a powerful, healing love--whether I am coping with the passing of a loved one, the loss of a job or the ending of a relationship. I experience the power of God's love during this time of inner, emotional healing, comforting me on the deepest level.


Divine love is my support, helping me put one foot in front of the other. I experience a sense of relief. My spirit lightens, and my heart fills with joy as I recall the people and situations that have helped me grow.


Honoring the past and embracing the future, I am grateful for my life's experiences and I accept new blessings to come.
"Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me."--Psalm 23:4.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 - Tuesday, October 20, 2009

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Forgive


I choose to forgive, and I am at peace.


When I consider what I value in life, I realize the importance of inner peace. Jesus taught forgiveness throughout His ministry. He knew that peace cannot be expressed in an angry heart.


Whenever I feel resentment, I choose to forgive. I forgive myself, knowing that at any given time, I am doing the best I can. I immerse myself in love for myself and others, because love transforms every hurt. As I love and forgive, I feel my burdens lift.


I open myself to God's unconditional love and extend God's love to others. I accept forgiveness.


Peace is what I want, and forgiveness is the way. I accept what is and live in peace.


"Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you."--Ephesians 4:32.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 Pj's Boat ride

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Scenes from Wet Sundays

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Cops charge Bounty for small bag of weed

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A small bag of marijuana is the latest offence on deejay Bounty Killer’s rap sheet.


This, the police confirmed in a statement issued on Sunday and which has even been carried by international news agency, the Associated Press. Referring to the deejay as “Jamaican rapper Bounty Killer”, the AP release stated that the artiste “is in trouble with the police again”. Authorities have charged him with marijuana possession after a traffic stop in New Kingston.


The entertainer whose offstage name is Rodney Price already is being prosecuted on previous charges of illegal possession of a firearm and unlawful wounding and assault.


Police said in a statement Sunday that Price was found with a small bag of marijuana on Thursday.


Price’s attorney could not be reached. A November court appearance is scheduled.


The rapper is best known for the album My Xperience and his collaboration on the song Hey Baby with No Doubt.





Peter Tosh - Johnny Be Goode

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My fellow Jamaicans

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Prime Minister, Hon. Bruce Golding M.P

Today, we honour the heroes of our land. We celebrate, in particular, the lives and accomplishments of the six men and one woman we have declared as our National Heroes. Theirs was a vision that saw in us and for us, what we may not have been able to see ourselves. Theirs was the courage that challenged all obstacles and conquered all fear. Theirs was a loyalty and dedication to their people that knew no bounds. Theirs is a legacy that now and forever belongs to us.


Decades and centuries after they have left us, we remember them and we remind ourselves that we could not have been who we are, we could not have come this far were it not for them. We have a duty not just to them but to ourselves to remember them. Marcus Garvey was so right: "A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture are like a tree without roots".


It is in this vein that today we honour 105 persons for the significant contribution they have made to our country in so many different fields - in the arts, sports, business, agriculture, the public service, education, law, human rights advocacy, community service and acts of gallantry. They have followed in the path of our National Heroes. They are heroes in their own right. And so can all of us be. So, indeed, should all of us be, for we have it in us - each of us - to be a hero for Jamaica.


We may not make the headlines; we may not receive individual awards; we cannot all be declared national heroes. But each of us can be a hero in how we live our lives and in the simple but important things we do:


* How we raise our children and how we treat other people's children;


* How we help and care for those who can't help and care for themselves;


* How we respect the rights of each other and act justly toward each other;


* How we build our communities so that we can live peacefully, safely and happily together;


* How we keep our environment from which all of us must draw sustenance;


* What we do and how we contribute to making Jamaica the greatest place on earth to live.


Last week, Parliament commenced debate on a new Charter of Rights. It is an important measure to strengthen and guarantee the rights of every Jamaican for which our National Heroes fought so hard and for which some of them sacrificed their lives.


The fight for freedom may have been won and our rights may have been secured through the toil and sacrifices of those we proclaim as our national heroes but the price of freedom is eternal vigilance and the cause of justice can never end.


Today we salute Nanny of the Maroons, Samuel "Daddy" Sharpe, Paul Bogle, George William Gordon, Marcus Mosiah Garvey, William Alexander Bustamante and Norman Washington Manley.


They remain not just a memory of a distant past but our hope for the future because they symbolize the spirit of which great nations are made and they embody the qualities of the great people we can be.


Amid all the challenges and difficulties we face, "look inside you and be strong and you'll finally see the truth,.that a hero lies in you".


God bless Jamaica.





Another Caribbean Resort Goes Belly Up

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Pristine beaches, villas designed by famous architects and the endorsement of Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones wasn’t enough to keep yet another Caribbean resort from going belly up.


Lenders put the massive Dellis Cay development in the Turks and Caicos islands into receivership on Thursday, roughly a week after developer Turks Ltd. stopped construction. The resort was to include 25-room hotel, 78 for-sale condominiums and 17 villas, all managed by Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group.


Developers Cem Kinay and Oguz Serim of Turks Ltd., having failed to make Dellis Cay’s full interest payment on its debt Aug. 22, had stopped construction at Dellis Cay last week as they attempted to negotiate a compromise with lender Trinidad and Tobago Unit Trust Corp. on the resort’s loan. The lender opted instead to take over the property by appointing William Tacon, an accountant in the British Virgin Islands, as receiver.


Messrs. Kinay and Serim had grandiose plans for Dellis Cay, a 560-acre island. Its villas, mansions and spa were designed by internationally renowned architects including Japan’s Shigeru Ban, London’s David Chipperfield and Milan’s Piero Lissoni. Construction started in 2008 with a targeted completion date of late 2010. Among those who bought villas at the resort are Mr. Douglas and Ms. Zeta-Jones.


Mr. Kinay has not given up. “This is certainly not the end,” he said in a statement provided by his press-relations representatives. “I have invested all I have into Turks and Caicos Islands, and I don’t have the intention to lose it all.”


Dellis Cay is the latest of numerous luxury resorts to halt construction across the Caribbean as financing dried up in the global recession and vacationers quit buying villas. The same fate befell a Westin in St. Lucia, a Four Seasons in Barbados, a Ritz-Carlton in West Caicos and a Westin in the Dominican Republic, among others.


Source: WSJ





There are a lot of Heroes around!

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By Rootzgirl



Today, as we celebrate National Heroes Day, let’s big up those who have put their lives on the line to make our lives better. Kudos to them who have sacrificed…their lives even to ensure that we have a freer Jamaica.


Flowers will be laid at our seven National Heroes graves and speeches will be made…nothing is wrong with that…but today, I am taking time out to big up our modern day heroes, who might not even hear a ‘thank you’ for all the sacrifices they have made.


Year after year the country presents badges, OJ and all kind of awards to those they deem worthy of them…nothing is wrong with that either.


This day is about giving credit to all the unsung heroes who day after day go about their sometimes thankless task…just because they care and want to.


Big up to all the single mothers who are using $3,000 a week to ensure food is on the table for their children and they are still wearing clean clothes, going to school and holding the best of grades amongst the more privileged.


Big up to the fathers who are there for their children, even when they have to deal with baby mama dramas, but still they hang in there and ensure they spend quality time and pass on good values.


Big up to all those who have made it their life’s mission to contribute to some positive movements. People will never know how many hungry kids you helped, or many you aided secretly to go to school. Nor will they know how many donations you made to a hospital, church or some other project…just because you are that kind of person.


Big up to the regular parents who are doing really great jobs with their kids…being there for them, showing them love and allowing them to feel secure and confident on this planet.


To all the unsung heroes Rootzgirl and Yardflex just want to let you know, you are appreciated…even if no one else says so.





Today's Daily Word - Monday, October 19, 2009

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Pray for Others

The light of God expresses perfectly as me and as you.


I love to be of help, but sometimes I may feel powerless to help a loved one who is going through a difficult challenge. In those times, the greatest gift I can give is to see the truth of who my dear one is, a perfect expression of the light of God.


In my prayers, I close my eyes to appearances and perceive with the faith that is within me. I see my loved one as an expression of perfect life that provides healing energy to the mind, body and soul. My beloved is open and receptive to the wisdom of God within, which whispers the answer to every question and provides the supply for every need.


This is the truth about my loved ones and me, and about every being on the planet.


"When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, 'Son, your sins are forgiven.'"--Mark 2:5.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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Denouncing violence against gays - Equality Florida

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Gay rights lobbyists say they are still waiting for dancehall superstar Buju Banton to stop performing his 1990's hit Boom Bye Bye, which is a song hitting out against homosexuality.


The artiste, whose given name is Mark Myrie, met with a group of lobbyists last week but failed to reach a compromise.


The song has generated controversy since its release.


The group reportedly asked Buju to, among other things, host a town hall meeting denouncing hate crimes against gay persons as well as donate to the local gay community.


The artiste reportedly refused.


Nadine Smith, Executive Director of Equality Florida, a gay rights group, insisted that the groups want Buju Banton to stop performing the controversial song.


"To actually stop profiting from the song and to disavow sentiment that it is appropriate to express ones opinion about gay people by using an AK47," Ms Smith said Thursday evening on RJR's daily current affairs discussion programme Beyond the Headlines.


Getting social acceptance by any means necessary - Hines


However, Collin Hines, radio and dance hall disc-jock disagreed that the song incited anyone to do harm to homosexuals.


He asserted that the gay community was bent on proving that it is more powerful than the artiste.


"The homosexual (community) is out to prove a point that it's their way or no way (because) they have economic might and can crush his careers. Buju will never win (because) this is about getting social acceptance by any means necessary and if it means crushing a little Jamaican dancehall artiste so be it.


"I'd like to see them go after Eminem who has made songs about raping lesbians. This is no longer about protest, this is about proving that we run things," said Hines who was also a guest on Beyond the Headlines.


Gay rights lobbyists have been successful in getting overseas concerts featuring Buju Banton cancelled insisting that he condones violence against homosexuals.


Last week's meeting followed recent cancellations of high profile shows in the United States and Europe, believed to impact significantly on the DJ's earning power.





Warrant issued for Antoinette

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Last Thursday a warrant was issued for lawyer Antoinette Haughton by Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey .


Haughton-Cardenas is facing two counts of fraudulent conversion. The warrant was, however, stayed until December 9.


Haughton-Cardenas was scheduled to appear in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on Thursday, but her attorney said she could not attend as she was ill. A medical certificate was produced.


The accused, it is alleged, fraudulently converted money given to her by a client in one instance and in another, she is accused of failing to hand over to a client, the full amount that he was awarded in a lawsuit.





What’s with entertainers and court?

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Fi real man, what’s up with entertainers and going to court. It look a way still when we reading about the cases from these artistes. Check out some of these court cases reported in the Star on Friday.


Echo Minott a veteran in the biz was arrested for fraud on Thursday. For those of you who don’t know he has some wicked songs that were running the place such as Lazy Body, What The Hell The Police Can Do and My Lady.


The veteran singer was charged with conspiracy to defraud, forgery and uttering a forged document. He pleaded guilty to all charges when the matter was mentioned.


The allegations are that the accused travelled to England with a passport with the name Edward George Spence. He overstayed in the country and was subsequently deported. It is alleged that on October 15, the accused went to the British High Commission and applied for a visa in his correct name. It was discovered that he has two names and he was arrested and charged.


Phillips was sentenced to $30,000 or six months for conspiracy, $30,000 or six months for forgery and $20,000 for uttering a forged document.


Bounty in the mix too


Deejay Bounty Killer pleaded not guilty to drug charges in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on Thursday. The deejay is charged with smoking ganja and possession of ganja.


The allegations are that on October 9, the deejay was seen along Grenada Crescent in New Kingston smoking marijuana. He was reportedly searched and a plastic bag containing more of the drug was found. The contraband weighed less than an ounce. The deejay was subsequently arrested and charged. When cautioned he reportedly said, "Sorry officer, yu cyaan go easy wid mi?"


When the matter was mentioned in court, a calm and sober Price entered his plea. When a date of November 26 was suggested, he told the court that he would not be able to make it as he was going to New York for Thanksgiving.


Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey, however, told the accused that the court's business was paramount to anything else and if she wanted him to attend, she could make him.


His lawyer, however, pleaded for a new date and November 19 was agreed.


Chu, a just a likkle spliff dem a gi di DJ such a hard time for man.


Kurt Riley fined


Radio disc jock, Kurt Riley was fined $9,000 when he appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court Thursday.


Riley pleaded guilty to breaching the Noise Abatement Act, disorderly conduct and using indecent language.


The court was told that on October 4, Riley was playing at an event in New Kingston where the music was audible beyond 100 metres. When the police went to stop the music, the court was told, Riley behaved in a disorderly manner, using curse words and defying the orders of the lawmen.


Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey told Riley he should have known better. He was sentenced to $5,000 or 10 days for breaching the Noise Abatement Act, $2,000 or 10 days for the indecent language and $2,000 or 10 days for disorderly conduct.





Wycliffe Bennett, OD, laid to rest

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A thanksgiving service for the life of distinguished broadcaster and film producer, Wycliffe Bennett, OD, was held Saturday morning at the Providence Methodist Church in Kingston.


It was a capacity church of mourners from all walks of life, headed by Prime Minister Bruce Golding which gathered to pay their last respects to the late, great broadcaster.


He was eulogized in a dignified service which heard several musical presentations and colourful tributes from the Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, the chairperson of the Creative Production and Training Centre, CPTC, Mr Christopher Samuda, Chairman of the Broadcasting Commission, Dr. Hopeton Dunn, the Ward Theatre, chairperson of the Little Theatre Movement, Barbara Gloudon, , the Vice Chancellor Emeritus of the University of the West Indies, Professor Rex Nettleford and members of the Bennett family.


Among those giving musical presentations were Dr Curtis Watson, Pauline Watson, the Pantomime Singers and the CPTC graduates.


Bennett was a former General Manager the Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation (now TVJ), a former executive chairman for CPTC and served as chairman for the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association.


He is survived by his widow Hazel, daughter Dr. Carleene Hope Dei and son Wycliffe Lincoln.


Posthumous Award for Bennett


Prime Minister Bruce Golding on Saturday announced that Jamaica’s ‘Man of the Arts’, Wycliffe Bennett, is to be posthumously awarded the ‘Order of Jamaica’.


Speaking at the thanksgiving service for the life of Mr. Bennett, Mr. Golding said it is an unquestionably deserved accolade for an outstanding Jamaican who has made such great contribution to his country.


The Order of Jamaica is the fourth in order of precedence of the five Orders of the Societies of Honour.


The Prime Minister has invited Mr. Bennett’s widow, Dr Hazel Bennett to Kings House on Monday, being celebrated as National Heroes Day, to accept the award.


In addition to the Order of Distinction, Bennett was also conferred with the Silver and Gold Musgrave and Centenary medals from the Institute of Jamaica, the Doctor Bird Award for Excellence in Film and Television, and the CPTC award for outstanding services in the field of media, arts and culture as well as an Actor Boy award.





Today's Daily Word - Sunday, October 18, 2009

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Unity

In our unity of spirit, we share love, wisdom and understanding.
In the plant kingdom, individual plants connect to other members of their species through a complex root system. Together they form a community in which individuals support one another and thrive.


I think of my human family as an interconnected and inner-connected community that has its roots in the spirit of God. Because God is everywhere present, we are not separate from God, nor are we
separate from one another. In God's omnipresence, we are one.


We are blessed by the sharing of our love, wisdom, understanding and caring. As a worldwide community, we unite in taking action to create a world in which all live in peace and love.


"Finally, all of you, have unity of spirit, sympathy, love for one another, a tender heart, and a humble mind."--1 Peter 3:8.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 Fresh Fridays

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Today's Daily Word - Saturday, October 17, 2009

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Blessings


I give thanks for the gifts of God.


Gratitude has the power to lift my thoughts and renew my faith in God as my unlimited source of good.


When the disciples were concerned there was not enough to feed the hungry, Jesus took what they had and blessed it. Giving thanks for God's gifts, he multiplied them and had more than enough to feed the crowds.


I consider each breath a gift. So, too, are the beauty of the sky and the faces of those I love. I give thanks for all that sustains my physical being, including clean water, shelter and food. I am thankful for opportunities to give and receive love, connect with God and share what I have been given with others.


"Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds."--Matthew 14:19.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 Xpression Thurdays

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Scenes from Courtney Walsh's Award for Excellence

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YardFlex Hot Charts

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Kid Kurrup, corrupt?

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Yardflex is now wondering on the reason behind the DJ choosing a name like Kid Kurrup… and apparent Superintendent Cornwall ‘Bigga’ Ford must be wondering the same thing too.


On Tuesday after the head of the Flying Squad and his team swooped down on the deejay’s home following up on numerous reports of disturbances coming from there.


The top cop says he found some disturbing things which will merit another visit. According to a report in the Star the police said two girls aged 16 and 17 were found at the home, while another 15 men were present. The girls had been away from home for some four months now the paper was told.


Kid Kurrup was not at home, but we would have loved to know the reason for these girls being there with so many men present.


We will keep you up to speed on this one.





Missing child found, now in state care

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Annaleise Davies, the Duhaney Park Primary student who went missing from school on Tuesday is in the care of the state.


According to Radio Jamaica the police, acting on information have removed the child from her parent's home.


The 10-year old was taken to the Cross Roads Police Station in St Andrew Thursday morning, two days after she was reported missing.


Superintendent Delroy Hewitt, Head of the St. Andrew South Police Division revealed at a press conference Thursday afternoon that Annaleise has been taken to the Centre for Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse and was medically examined and interviewed.


Woman to be charged for keeping missing girl


Meanwhile, the young woman who took Annaleise to the police Thursday morning is to be charged under the Child Care and Protection Act.


The police said she is facing three months behind bars.


She is to be questioned further.


According to Superintendent Hewit, the police are looking at the possibility that Annaleise may have run away due to problems at home.


"There might have been some domestic problems that person didn't identify previously but we're not certain ... that is one of the areas we're looking at."


Annaleise's parents are to also face further questioning.


Left school


Superintendent Hewitt said based on information received so far, on Tuesday, the day she was discovered missing, Annaleise left school in Duhaney Park and had enough money to take a bus to Half Way Tree.


From there however, Superintendent Hewitt said the child seemed to have run out of money and wandered onto Hope Road where she was found by a woman.


He said the woman, who was on her way to athletics training at the University of the West Indies, Mona campus, took Annaleise to the training session.


The two then went to the woman's house in the Kingston 5 area where Annaleise spent two nights until she was taken to the Cross Roads Police Station Thursday morning.


The police are extending thanks to those persons who called and sent tips throughout their search for the young girl.


On Wednesday, family and friends of Annaleise demonstrated outside the gates of the Duhaney Park Primary School and prevented teachers from entering the compound.


They blamed the school's administration for failing to protect Annaleise while in their care.





Fight Swine flu with the right foods

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With so many folks getting the swine flu, it is cause for concern, but according to an internet report, you can ensure you bodies remain immune to the disease by eating the right foods. Check out some of their recommendations and try to keep the disease from you.


Garlic
Chopping garlic releases allicin, a sulfer-containing compound that houses a potent antioxidant, says Taub-Dix. "Antioxidants protect cells from free radicals that can damage them, making it harder for cells to fight disease," says Taub-Dix, who suggests adding fresh garlic to sautéed vegetables.


Yogurt and Kefir
Embracing certain kinds of bacteria can actually help your immune system. Yogurt (look for cartons that say they contain "live, active cultures") and kefir, a fermented milk drink made with kefir grains, all have probiotics or "good" bacteria.


Brazil Nuts
These large nuts are rich in zinc, a mineral known to improve the number of infection-fighting T-cells that also has antioxidant properties. Zinc deficiency has been linked to decreased response to vaccination and impaired immune cell function, especially in the elderly. But don't overdo it: A few of these provide enough zinc for the day, according to Taub-Dix.


Tea
Tea is rich in polyphenols, chemicals found in plant foods that act like antioxidants to protect cells. And while green and white teas are particularly potent, all teas will have some benefit, says Taub-Dix.


Lean Protein
"Protein is important for tissue repair," says Taub-Dix, who recommends proteins like white meat chicken, low-fat cheese or cottage cheese. Low amounts of protein have also been found to impair the immune system and have negative effects on T-cells.


Citrus Fruits
No surprise here. Taub-Dix recommends pink grapefruits, oranges and mangoes, which are all rich in the antioxidant vitamin C, something our bodies don't produce or store on their own. And says Taub-Dix, "Studies have shown it can decrease the duration of a cold or flu-like symptoms."





Why do people hate you?

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A fourth grate asked President Obama a really tough question…Why do people hate you and we must say, we liked the way he took the time to patiently addressed the query.


Obama went to New Orleans for the first time as president Thursday to visit a charter school and to hold a town hall meeting. While there, he told the people of the city that he is committed to helping them continue to rebuild, more than four years after Hurricane Katrina devastated the region.


Obama observed that the destruction on the Gulf Coast was caused not just by a natural disaster, but also by the failure of government at every level to prepare for it. "We will not forget about New Orleans, and we are not going to forget about the Gulf Coast," he promised. "Together we will rebuild this region and we will rebuild it stronger than before."


"Why do people hate you? And why, aren't they supposed to love you, if God is love?" the fourth grader asked the commander-in-chief.


The crowd clapped for Terrance Scott as Obama laughed and patted Terrance on the shoulder. "First of all, I did get elected president, so not everybody hates me; I got a whole lot of votes," Obama joked. "A lot of it is what's called politics, where once one party wins, the other party feels like they've got to poke you a little bit to keep you on your toes. So you shouldn't take it too seriously."


He went on. "But people are worried about their own lives. A lot of people are losing their jobs right now. They're losing their health care or they lost their homes to foreclosure and they're feeling frustrated, and when you're president of the United States, you've got to deal with all of it. You get some of the credit when things are going good, but when things are going bad, you get some of the blame."


"But that's all right," Obama said, adding, "I'm a pretty tough guy. Are you a tough guy? You look pretty tough. So you've just got to keep going on going, even when folks are criticizing you, when you know you're doing it for other people."


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Today's Daily Word - Friday, October 16, 2009

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Divine Order


I trust in God.


There may be occasions in my life and in the lives of others when events make absolutely no sense to me. The loss of a job, an encounter with a serious illness, or some other aspect of my life may tempt me to cry out, "Why, God?"


In every instance, God has already established a divine plan that will carry me through to the other side of any challenge I may experience.


My mission is simply to seek out the good that lies at the heart of any adversity. God knows my right and perfect opportunity for employment, partnership, health and wholeness. My life is in the care of God, and I trust in divine order.


"Jesus heard that they had driven him out, and when he found him, he said, 'Do you believe in the Son of Man?' ... He said, 'Lord, I believe.'"--John 9:35, 38.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 Weddy Weddy

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Etana's Mission to Motivate Youths

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Kingston, Jamaica--14th October 2009-- "I have always taken a special interest in the youth as they hold the key to the future," says Etana sincerely.


Beyond the soulful singer's love of music, lies a passion to help the youth. And through out her impressive career, Etana has taken pride in inspiring and motivating youth through music and many other efforts. Moreover, the soulful songstress is especially vested in empowering young girls.


"I am particularly driven to encourage young girls since they often don't recognize their full potential because of some of society's stereotypical roles placed before them."


Etana regularly talks to The Young Reggae Girlz, Jamaica's under 17 and under 20 female soccer teams. A hit among the team members, Etana shares music and life experiences with the team and encourages the girls to respect themselves so that others can respect them. But no talk is complete with out focusing on the central theme of education. A critical component, the artist declares "education is the greatest way to overcome poverty and be successful."


Motivational talks with the Reggae Girlz are just a snippet of Etana's commitment to the youth, as she regularly visits schools through out the world. No matter where Etana is performing, she goes out of her way to visit schools in the respective areas.


In addition to these independent efforts, Etana is now a featured artist on the RE School Tour. Recently, she commanded the standing room only crowd at the Tour's first stop at St Andrew Technical High School in Kingston, JA. There, ‘The Strong One’ belted out a string of hits to the 700-plus crowd and was thrilled when students sang the lyrics verbatim.


Etana is slated to perform on the tour each Tuesday that she is in Jamaica until mid-November. She willingly joined the RE School Tour for a second time because its platform is directly in tune with her efforts involving youth.


It is her goal to launch a youth-driven foundation, plans for which will be formalized soon.





Mavado is 'Di Principal'.If Kartel is 'Di Teacha'

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Dear Editor,

I would like to use your widely read editorial to air my views on two of the biggest Jamaican Dancehall artistes. First of all, I would like to advise fellow readers that this is not a Gully vs Gaza entry, it is merely a post meant to highlight, acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of some of our best entertainers. Some of you might take my post out of context and descend into a barrage of insults before fully digesting the contents of this article.


I would like to bring to your attention that one artiste, namely Mavado, has immensely changed Dancehall music over the past two years and has brought about the birth of a new generation of Singjays. Mavado who entered the Dancehall scene in 2005 with a huge catalogue of gangster hymns managed to captivate admirers and critics alike. He diverted the focus of Dancehall fans from hardcore deejaying artistes to his unusually crafted invention which entailed catchy choruses and mild deejay verses which anyone, from my Grandmother in Portmore to a kindergarten child in Kingston, could sing along to. This explains his breakthrough to the international scene in 2008 and 2009. In 2008 Mavado ended up finding some of his hit songs being featured on Grand Theft Auto 4 and one making the trailer, He won a UK MOBO award, was invited by Nike to make a song for one of Jamaica's leading Athletes, in 2009 he landed a spot on BET's 'Rip The Runway' and made it into billboard Hip Hop top 100. His unwavering dominance left his competitors with no choice but to try and imitate his style in one way or another. Some deejays turned to auto-tune in order to include melody into their tunes. A testament of Mavado's influence is in one such deejay turned singjay Vybz Kartel. A profound artiste whose strong presence on the Dancehall scene looked like it had become kind of obscured by that of Mavado. Vybz went on a warpath against Mavado and it culminated into an onstage clash at Sting 2008. This brought Vybz back into the limelight as he seized upon Mavado's then ongoing international flare and capped it all up by beginning a new career as a singjay with a melodious 'self proclaimed' victory anthem entitled 'Last man standing'. Kartel's singing career catapulted since that day. To this date, he has released a chain of melodious tunes that have smashed the charts each month, since the beginning of 2009. So I say. A number of other singjays have also emerged and Mavado faces his biggest challenge ever since he stopped on the scene in 2005. All I can say is that, this is good for Dancehall, It resembles the 1998-2000 era of another breed of singjays Vegas, Sean Paul, General Degree et al.


Prior to Mavado's emergence on the scene, another pioneer had made similar achievements with a style of his own. Vybz Kartel invented a style of deejaying which was both intelligent in words and in style. His impact was witnessed by his grasp of the helm of Dancehall King between 2002 and 2004. He developed a huge following thus earning himself the title 'Addi di Teacher'. Every young deejay wanted to sound like him and many 'Students' adopted his style albeit some in their own fashion. As Vybz always likes to proclaim 'I wrote 5 songs fi di barbwerbwoy', It should always be acknowledged that Mavado also brought some following to those songs with his melodies and hence gave Kartel more following, further to that he helped revamp Kartel's career through Sting and bringing up this new melodious style which Kartel also ended up adopting. .....And, as Bounty Killer is in the habit of remarking 'Kartel is ungrateful, Ah mi buss Kartel', It should also be acknowledged that Kartel wrote some songs for him with his new style in 2002 and even Kartel's lyrical genius helped Killer get a following. ....And as Kartel is in the habit of insulting Bounty Killer, it must be highlighted that Bounty Killer is one of Jamaica's greatest and achieved a lot with massive combinations with the likes of heavyweights such as Busta Rhymes, Gwen Stefani, The Fugees, Coco Brovaz and many more. Bounty Killer's career is what many current big Dancehall artistes such as Elephant Man, Harry Toddler and others have rode to fame on. So everyone has contributed something to everyone's career.


Although last year Kartel scorned a TV correspondent's comparison to him and Mavado saying that 'comparing a singer to a deejay is like comparing a Jay-Z to and R. Kelly' it wasn’t long before Kartel (the deejay) himself decided to go head to head and clash with the guy he termed an R.Kelly (Mavado, the singer) and claiming victory afterwards. Before another long interval, he also became an R.Kelly. All this said, I believe Kartel is both JA artiste of the year and singjay of the year because 2009 is the year Kartel got his rhythm back


Why I am addressing this is because Dancehall fans need to know where their music is coming from because in some cases, history is distorted and some huge fans are under privileged and do not have access to certain forms of media but cling to every word that one artist may say for himself or against the other. I am surprised that some people don’t even know what Shabba Ranks has achieved, Bounty Killer, Super Cat and many other legends. Fans of any of the above mentioned artistes should not be offended because these are just facts. Vybz Kartel has said it himself on a TV interview 'I come and change Dancehall but Mavado come and change it again'. Also as Mavado has said 'I listen to Kartel songs'. Some of Dancehall's rivalries cause one artiste to distort the record of the other, depending on how strong an influential he is.





Leona Lewis punched in the face

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London’s ‘Bleeding’ singer Leona Lewis was punched in the face yesterday at a book signing. She was rushed to the hospital following the actions of a crazed fan who is said to be in his late 20s or early 30s.


Imagine he queued up for a signed copy of the singer's new book, Dreams, and then attacked her in front of 200 stunned onlookers.


Pretty Leona reeled back in shock clutching her face as her five burly bouncers dived on the attacker while cops rushed to the scene.


She was then rushed out of a side door by minders and taken to a top Harley Street clinic for emergency treatment.


A pal of the star said: "Leona was utterly shocked and appalled as it came out of nowhere.


"The man queued up patiently, then as soon as she signed his book he smashed her in the face.


"He didn't say anything to her and she is at a loss as to why anyone would do such an evil thing.


"She is devastated as she comes from quite a humble background and loves meeting her fans.


"She was doing a three-hour signing and planned to sign hundreds of books."


The pal added: "She's been taken to a Harley Street doctor by her record label as she needs to be fixed up as it was quite a punch and she's very dainty.


"She's not due to appear singing for another couple of weeks, on The X Factor, so hopefully she'll be fine by then."


However, the star was due to appear on the One Show last night on BBC1 - but had to pull out.


She was just 30 minutes into a planned three-hour signing of her autobiography, Dreams, at Waterstones in Piccadilly, London yesterday evening.


A spokeswoman for the star said: "Leona was the victim of an unprovoked attack this afternoon at her book signing.


"The police were called immediately and medical attention has been sought.


"Leona is understandably shaken and apologies to the fans she was unable to meet and complete signings."





Music is serious business for Serani

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It’s definitely ‘No Games’ where Serani and his music is concerned. The artiste has been taking Jamaica by storm and has now impacted the world stage with his music. Born in the mean streets of Kingston Jamaica he decided at a young age that his two other best friends who also shared the same interest in music decided to put together the infamous DASECA productions in 2001. A man of many talents Serani is just as good producing as he is an artiste. Serani will be releasing his much anticipated album No Games on October 27 and it’s one he says that everyone will enjoy…especially the ladies. So make sure you all check it out.


Yardflex caught up with the busy artiste who spoke about his number one love – the music and a whole lot more stuff.


1.Who or what inspires your lyrics?


ans:Can’t say any one person influenced me, I’ve always listen to all kinds of music.


2.who are your musical idols?


ans:I like Michael Jackson, R Kelly and the list goes on.


3.What compelled you to do music, and what did you do before?


ans:It was always music…I realized a long time that music is it.


4.What is a typical day like for you?


ans:Have breakfast, do some exercise, hit the studio. If it’s a weekend – board a plane, check in at a hotel, if the opportunity presents itself get some exercise. Nightime promoting song or album.


5.How does it feel to have your single "No Games" on heavy rotation over seas, and also a Billboard topper?


ans:Mission accomplished. I still have a lot more work to do…I always want more.


6.What is the story behind the success of "No Games?" Were there any obstacles releasing the single?


ans:One of the biggest obstacles was people not understanding me, people just hating me because I’m gifted and say a lot of stuff. They even team up against me, just to make me feel bad. A lot of that reached me, but it never fazed me.


7. How do you manage your success?


ans:My family understand my time is the biggest issue. My work is time consuming. Career wise, I’m not stupid, I’m not driving any benz…it’s all about being grounded.


8. Tell us something about Serani, that only your fiends know?


ans:That I can be a jackass.


9. Where do you see yourself in the next five years?


ans:I should be a mega superstar, hopefully with a good catalogue, touring the world, performing at all major awards, performing for over 100,000 patrons with Jamaican artistes following in my footsteps.


10. What is your favourite meal?


ans:Ackee and saltfish with yam, banana and dumpling.


11. Who is your favorite female DJ artiste?


ans:Toss up between Lady Saw and Tanya Stephens.


12. This is the Yardflex Poll Question of the week. Should condoms be distributed in the Dancehall?


ans:Yes.


13. Coffee or tea?


ans:Tea.


14. Rough around the edges or Rico Suave?


ans:It depends.


15. Bun or Bulla?


ans:Both.


16. Rough Rider or Daggerin?


ans:Rough rider.


17. Beach or Pool?


ans:Beach.


18. You ideal woman would have weave or natural hair?


ans: Natural


19. Tell us about your most memorable stage moment?


ans:It was at Summerjam on my birthday had 50,000 people tell me happy birthday.


20. What about your most embarrassing moment?


ans:’m Rico Sauve I don’t have embarrassing moments!






Today's Daily Word - Thursday, October 15, 2009

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Prepared


Through Christ in me, I live a meaningful and fulfilled life.
The Christ, the divine essence within me, is my guide to spiritual living. A beloved Unity teacher wrote, "To follow the Christ is to follow the divine leading from within, the promptings of Spirit that come to us when we pray, the divine instincts of love and compassion and understanding."


Whether in an established time of prayer or a moment's sigh of release, I am lifted into the light of divine potential where I receive guidance and inspiration. I consciously connect with the Christ and prepare to meet my good, to succeed and to prosper in my endeavors. Knowing Christ in me as my hope of glory, I live a meaningful and fulfilled life.


"To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory."--Colossians 1:27.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 Boasy Tuesdays

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Man rapes 8-day old baby

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What’s in an eight day old baby to beat, much less rape? You tell us. We have been shocked at some of the things that takes place here in Jamaica…but check out what is happening in the States.


It’s big on youtube right now about Reginald Davis the 18-year man who raped and beat his 8 day old daughter.


Reginald Davis, 18, of Arkansas was arrested for allegedly raping and beating his 8-day-old baby daughter. The video below shows the account of the story. Davis is currently in the St. Francis County jail, where his trial is expected to take place in November, 2009. There had been outrage from the community over repeated delays in his trial, and reports of him being beaten by other inmates in the jailhouse.


Check out the video below and holla at us







Bolt has another fast car!

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Wow, Usain Bolt ain’t playing…check out this story in the Star!


Yesterday after getting his latest toy, a 2010 Nissan GTR, world 100m record holder, Usain Bolt, was invited to take his car this weekend to Dover for a gentlemanly race.


Bolt was invited after JRDC Driver's Championship contender, Douglas 'Hollywood' Gore heard of his new acquisition. Gore also invited former record holder, Asafa Powell to the event as well.


The Nissan GTR replaces a 2009 BMW M3 which Bolt overturned on the Highway 2000 toll road earlier this year. Asafa Powell is also the proud owner of a Black Series CLK C63 Mercedes, which is the 575 hp version of the already hot Kompressor C-Class.


exotic supercar


Bolt, the fastest man in the world, drove away in the exotic supercar after a brief photo opportunity at Worldtron Motors, Chelsea Avenue, St Andrew, yesterday. The twin turbo charged Nissan GTR is rated at 485 hp and has a top speed of 190+ mph. Purchase price is estimated at more than 110,000 pounds sterling (J$15,400,000).


In describing Bolt's new car, Gore said: "The M3 was more of a sporting sedan; I think the GTR is probably one of the ultimate sports cars. Knowing that it is a four wheel drive vehicle with traction aids, it should give Bolt more control. It is easier to drive and safer at speed."





Condolence to Orane Simpson’s family

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Yardflex understands that Tivoli Gardens baller Orane Simpson was stabbed to death last night during a dispute with another man.Simpson who represented the Reggae Boyz also died after being rushed to the Kingston Public Hospital minutes after 8:00 pm.
Our condolence to his family and friends.





A War For Your Soul-Birmingham version

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Today's Daily Word - Wednesday, October 14, 2009

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Desire of the Heart


My heart's desire is to know God.


On occasion, I may have a desire to purchase something luxurious or indulge in a sweet treat. But I know my life is about more than seeking instant gratification. What I want most of all is to experience God more completely.


I don't concern myself with the occasional craving because understanding the desire of my heart is most important. In my relationships, I desire to find a genuine and meaningful connection with others. For my body and mind, I value strength, energy and good health.


God within me knows the true desire of my heart and what is needed for my soul's fulfillment.


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Scenes from Uptown Mondays

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Scenes from Wet Sundays

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Four members of San Francisco's gay community met this afternoon for 40-minutes with Jamaican singer Buju Banton in Larkspur, up in Marin County, to discuss his troubling history with gay people.


According to Buju and his advisers, this was his first meeting ever with gay advocates, and they really want to put an end to the controversy that continues to dog him over violent homo-hating song he sang in his late teens, "Boom Bye Bye."


At the meeting were gay leaders Supervisor Bevan Dufty, who arranged the meeting, Rebecca Rolfe, executive director of the SF gay community center, Andrea Shorter of Equality California and myself. Also present was Supervisor Eric Mar, a progressive straight leader in the Asian community, and, of course, Buju and Tracii McGregor, president of his music company. About ten minutes into the meeting in the hotel lobby of where the singer is staying, some of his p.r. people joined the conversation.


The meeting was very civil and productive, even though at times I had to play the "bad cop" activist, especially when Buju was dominating the discussion, and we made several suggestions for him to consider, in order to start to undo some of the problems he has in the gay community because of his past anti-gay lyrics.


We proposed that he think about making statements in Jamaica calling for love toward gays, donating to the JFLAG group, hold a town hall meeting in Kingston about the need to respect gays, and sing about loving gay people. All the suggestions were rejected, frustrating us.


It was explained by us that American gays are not singling him out, as we advocate for gay tolerance in Jamaica, but that we have also applied pressure on the government and business leaders to affect change that benefits gays across the island nation.


While there certainly was little movement on his part, and we didn't agree to tell any other gays to stop protesting his concert tour or suggesting he do more to confront the terrible, and sometimes deadly, anti-gay violence in Jamaica, we felt it was a very positive step forward that the meeting took place.


Our hope is that we will continue to speak with him and his representatives to address the pervasive hatred gays face in Jamaica, and work together to reduce homo-hate. I believe Buju fully understands that today's meeting was a beneficial first step and that the gay community will want more concrete steps taken, before our actions against his concerts cease.


Many thanks to Bevan for arranging this important first meeting, and thanks to Buju for taking the time to listen to us, and to let us hear his views. Let's keep the communication going.





Another Artiste in the News

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It seems there is no shortage of headlines when it comes on to artistes…check out this story carried in the Star.


Dancehall artiste Blak Ryno was released Sunday after spending a night in jail for an alleged attack on his neighbour at his Winchester Estate apartment. The popular singer was slapped with two charges of unlawful wounding and assault occasioning bodily harm as a result. Police say the incident stemmed from a dispute over unpaid water bills by the artiste, whose real name is Romane Anderson.

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Reports are that about 7:15 p.m. on Saturday, the complainant, who is chairman of the strata committee at the apartment complex, was in a long-standing dispute over unpaid water contributions, which is mandatory for residents.


Police reports indicate that the altercation got ugly when the complainant was accused of damaging pipes, resulting in loss of water to Ryno's home. During the argument, Blak Ryno is alleged to have kicked the complainant to the ground and kicked him repeatedly all over his body. This is said to have resulted in cuts to the complainant's shoulder and both elbows, as well as swellings on the side of the head, back, face, stomach and chest. A report was made to the Half-Way Tree Police Station and the artiste was arrested and charged.


LANDLORD'S RESPONSIBILITY


The STAR spoke with Blak Ryno, who was at the time at a mineral bath making efforts to "wash away the crosses" he says was brought against him unjustly.


"From yu hear dat u mus know a lie. Di non-payments cause by my landlord, and him (complainant) know that, but him want a reason fi come a style man caa him dun seh me as a ghetto yout nu fi deh deh (don't belong there)," said the soft-spoken Ryno.


He also indicated that the police charged him based on the complainant's report.


"From long time dis man a do tings fi try draw me out so him can do dis ... all walk him dog come p—— pon mi mat regular an dem nastiness deh. Di ting did get physical after him walk come over my apartment, which is way down a corridor from his own, with his dog," Ryno explained.


He continued, "Me have nothin' gainst dogs, but dis one rush me, so mi ease (kick) him off wit mi foot in defence and dis man box me, so a suh di ting get physical ... mi did mad seh him mash up mi water pipe dem yes. All police weh come fi arrest mi seh him wrong."


Efforts to secure station bail for Ryno proved futile on Saturday night, as the complainant told police Ryno had threatened his life, so they decided to hold him for the night.


JAIL CELL PANDEMONIUM


But that night of incarceration was an experience Ryno says didn't bother him, as the overwhelming eruption of exuberance from prisoners at the jail made him feel more welcome than at his 'uptown' apartment complex.


"It come like a Gaza mi deh although mi deh a jail, caa every man in deh a seh Gaza ... mek yu feel comfortable fi know nobody nah do yu nothing. Imagine mi cyaa get da peace deh whe mi live," said Ryno.


A police source confirmed that the response from the jailed men was overwhelming.


"As dem hear is Blak Ryno in jail with them you could hear the pandemonium from the station, which is a separate building ... look like a whole heap of Gaza fans we have lock up, so I can imagine how many songs Ryno sing," quipped the officer, who requested anonymity.


Blak Ryno is scheduled for court on October 21.





JPS issues reward for Oil thieves

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The Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) is offering a reward for information on Saturday night's theft at the Parnassus substation that left thousands of Clarendon residents without electricity.



The power company has placed $500,000 on the table for information leading to the arrest and conviction of persons involved in the theft of oil from a transformer at the substation.


The JPS says the removal of oil from the facility caused extensive damage to the transformer.


The damaged transformer caught fire on Sunday and left approximately 18,000 Clarendon customers without power.


The JPS says despite ongoing efforts to correct the situation, the instability at the substation continues to cause disruptions.


Areas that were affected by the outage include Belle Plain, Belmont, Denbigh, Palmers Cross, York Town and Parnassus.


JPS New Kgn, building collapse


Meanwhile investigations are being carried out to determine what led to Monday morning's collapse of a part of the JPS building on Knutsford Boulevard, in New Kingston.


Winsome Callum, Head of Communications at the JPS says no one was hurt:


"A small section of the building facing Trafalgar Road came down this morning. I do not have any details of what caused it, but I do know that no one was injured.


"A section of the glass was broken and technicians and experts have already started looking at it to find out what caused it and how we can address the problem," Ms Callum said.





Today's Daily Word - Tuesday, October 13, 2009

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Guidance
I trust the infinite wisdom of God to guide me.
I may be unsure about what I should do or which path to take in a particular situation. In moments like these, I pray and open my heart to the indwelling spirit of God. I am not alone, and I needn't worry.



In prayer, I relax, let go and trust. I leave the specifics on what comes next--the how or when--to God. I focus on the here and now and affirm: "This or something better, God." My task is to trust Spirit within to guide me. As I do, I feel peace. My heart and mind are strengthened.


I trust in God and know the outcome will be something better than I ever imagined for myself and my loved ones. Deep in my heart, I know that, truly, all is well.


"The God who has girded me with strength has opened wide my path."--2 Samuel 22:33.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 of Gramps Morgan at a Mets Game

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Runaway Bay sweet pepper club -- big but no hot

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The writing is on the wall. The big club in Ochie is one helluva sweet pepper. It's big, so-so, lacking in heat and vibes. And, to add to the woes, the proprietor's way of doing business is very questionable. A string of events in which the promoters failed to live up to the advertisements have left a bitter taste in the mouths of many patrons, most of whom have vowed never to go back to any event held at the club.



Claiming to be Jamaica’s newest and so-called biggest night club, the establishment located in Runaway Bay St. Ann, is all hype with very little substance.


“A pure idiyat ting gwaan inna da club yah!” is how one disgruntled patron summed it up after yet another advertised event failed again to deliver what was promised.


In this instance, the promoters promised a re-enactment of Kingston's hugely popular Weddy Weddy and Passa Passa at the end of last month, but, alas only Swatch International (Passa sound) showed up at the event billed Weddy Weddy meets Passa Passa. Stone Love was a no show and no apology nor explanation was given. Needless to say, patrons were hopping mad.


Deejay D’Angel was also a no show when she was advertised for September 12th, but never made it to the venue.


Interestingly, however, both Stone Love and D'Angel say they were never contracted for the club. Stone Love, it was reported, was booked, but was never paid a deposit; which simply means, they were not contractually obligated to be there. Checks with D’Angel’s, management team and booking agent again revelaed that D’Angel was not aware of any such date, and was actually off the island at the time of the show


However, it doesn't stop there. In another incident, a argument between ZJ Liquid and the club owner around the parking lot after a recent performance in the club was an eye-opener.


“Brethren, mi anuh alcoholic, mi play music, a deyso my ting dey….yuh book mi, pay mi, mi nuh dey pan dah ting dey bout rate yuh and mi jus run een cause yuh call mi….mi nuh dey pan dat,” those were the sentiments of ZJ Liquid in reference to the club owner'ssuggestion that they need to be on a level where when he calls, he Liquid should just show up and party.


The street is of the opinion that due its owner’s questionable past dealings, which may soon come to rival some of the most recent sensational headlines that have paraded themselves on the front pages of the Nation’s leader publications…but be that what it may be, it gets even more complicated when corporate entities refuse to take their cheques, simply because they are on these companies’ bad cheque list. A fact which was confirmed by representatives from Red Stripe’s accounts department. That within itself screams volumes about the type of entity one is operating, and when you add the shortage of salaries to staff, without rhyme or reason, the evidence becomes that much clearer.


“Seeit dey again, wey D’Angel dey, a idiyat dem tek people fah or wha, always a style we bout who an who a come inna club....!”…but be that what it may be, it gets even more complicated when corporate entities such as Red Stripe and CPJ, refuse to take their cheques, simply because they are on these companies’ bad cheque list. A fact which was confirmed by representatives from Red Stripe’s accounts department. That within itself screams volumes about the type of entity one is operating, and when you add the shortage of salaries to staff, without rhyme or reason, the evidence becomes that much clearer.


The writing is on the wall, the facts are clear, and the







Dear Editor,


Change is inevitable. Everything changes over time, even music. And so we would have seen that within all the genres of music, there are changes in composition and delivery. This does not necessarily mean that the foundations of the different genres of music has changed, but just that subtle changes would have been made probably to phrasing, timing, harmony, or lyrical composition.


Let us examine Jazz. A few years ago we celebrated 100 years of Jazz. The sound of Jazz today has changed considerably from what it used to be in the early and mid 1900s. Jazz as a genre had several sub genres back in the day like most music today. And even today, Jazz still remains sub divided. In the past, the composition of Jazz revolved around a variety of sub genres. The music moved from New Orleans Dixieland dating from the early 1910s to the Big Band-Style Swing from the 1930s and 1940s. Then it accommodated the Bebop from the mid-1940s, a variety of Latin Jazz Fusions such as Afro-Cuban and Brazilian jazz from the 1950s and 1960s, Jazz-Rock Fusion from the 1970s, and late 1980s developments such as Acid Jazz, which blended Jazz influences into Funk and Hip-Hop. These are just a few sub genres of Jazz. There are many more. Today Urban Smooth Jazz is a sub genre that is widely sought after by both the young and mature Jazz fan.


The genre of Jazz evolved through time and is still widely accepted as pleasing to the trained musical ear and the not-so-trained ear.


Reggae is a musical genre which was created here in the Caribbean in Jamaica and is one which has evolved and which continues to evolve. Reggae by right originated out of two other genres known as Ska and Rock-steady. Tempo wise it fits snugly in the middle of the two for it is slower than Ska and faster than Rocksteady.


Lyrically Reggae deals with a plethora of issues ranging from love, religion, drugs, poverty, colonialism, racism, and general third world politics. The genre also covers a lot of Pop music coming out of the United States and Europe.


But in the way that Reggae evolved from Ska, Reggae gave birth to Dancehall Reggae.


Discovered more or less by accident in the late 1970s, Dancehall Reggae, or Dub as it is popularly known, began simply with Disc Jockeys (DJs) chanting over the B side of Reggae 45 rpm records at Dances.


The lyrics for Dancehall were far less serious than those used in Reggae. A lot of emphasis was placed on the more socially appealing themes at that time, like the everyday Rude Bwoy, Area Dons or Donman, and a reverence for sexual dexterity in men and women.


In the 1980s, with producers like King Jammy and Coxsone Dodd seriously in the business, Dancehall Reggae further evolved into a more rhythmical art form with computer digitization being utilized heavily in track composition. This led to what I like to refer to as the golden decade of Dancehall: the 1990s. In the 90s with producers like Dave Kelly, Sly and Robbie and Donovan Germain entering the business and new DJs like Shabba Ranks, Buju Banton, Ninja Man, Cobra, General Degree, Beenie Man, and the list goes on and on; the 90s was indeed the Dancehall Decade.


The audience for Dance-hall Reggae, like Jazz and Reggae, comprised both the young and the young at heart.


Even though interspersed were some songs that glorified and promoted violence and also exposed the vulgar side of some artistes, it was not enough to taint the entire genre. People still rocked on to the Pepper Seed, Action, Medicine, Bogle, World Dance and the Stink Riddims, to name a few. Everyone got up and danced when Second Class Love came on with Carol Gonzalez and Buju Banton. That remains an all-time Dancehall classic!


Sadly the Dancehall arena has now changed drastically for the worst. Today the King Jammys and the Sly and Robbies of old have been replaced by producers like Stephen ‘Di Genius’ Mc Greggor, Not Nice and Daseca Productions. Beenie Man and Buju are still present, but they are now overshadowed by the likes of Movado, Vybz Kartel, Bugle, Demarco and Busy Signal just to name a few. Beautiful rhythmical Dancehall Reggae has been replaced by robotic heavily syncopated break beats and copious overdoses of synthesized keyboards. The poetic deliverance of messages of sexual grandeur and the often funny lines that dealt with strategies on how to get and keep a man or woman have all been replaced with hardcore verbal pornography! Many Dancehall artistes today have taken the themes of sex and violence way overboard. Absolutely nothing is left to the imagination.


The depiction of violence in modern Dancehall Reggae is as gruesome as it gets. And people go to parties to listen to this sewage of lyrics and actually claim to have fun. I am sorry for the generation of youth growing up on this filth called Dancehall Reggae. I often wonder what music this generation would play for their children as examples of music from their time.


Dancehall artistes need to be more responsible for the lyrics they sing. They cannot continue to sing vicious, cruel, derogatory lyrics and expect to bring international recognition to Dancehall, nor expect to get airplay. The handful of dancehall artistes of international repute doesn’t sing trash. Recently Serani’s She Loves Me was re-released during this summer in the US on Urban Radio Play CDs and he sang very different lyrics on the song. This goes to show that these artistes know better. Imagine the persons who listen to Night Shift and One More Night, the two covers done recently by Busy Signal, go out and purchase a collection of his songs only to find that he also sings lyrics that are terribly offensive to the senses.


The producers and artistes in the Dancehall Reggae arena need to clean up their acts, be more responsible and ultimately bring back the authenticity of Dancehall Reggae. This genre has changed drastically and so has its audience. Sadly a lot of persons have fallen out of favour with Dancehall Reggae. Persons opt for the scarcely held Old School Dancehall Reggae Parties so they can relive an era of dancehall that was filled with strictly party vibes.


But all is not lost. Reggae even though it never quite went away during the 90s when Dancehall reigned, has come back with a bang thanks to the likes of Tarrus Riley, Richie Spice, Morgan Heritage, Etana, Tameka Marshall, First Born, Natural Black and the host of new generation Reggae messengers. I feel good when I see a Beres Hammond being played and people, young and old, throw their heads back with eyes closed and rock and sway to sounds of sweet reggae music.


Reggae like Jazz has shown that the changes it went through did not have a negative impact on its audience. If anything happened, it was that the changes seem to have sought to expand its listening audience. Sadly the genre of Dancehall Reggae does not share that same fate; not with the vulgar music, that portrays murder and mayhem, which is being packaged as Dancehall Reggae!


Yours


faithfully
Richard Francois





Congrats Chino

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Yardflex would like to send congratulations to Daniel 'Chino' McGregor who according to the Star DNA test confirmed is the proud father of Rosie Chin's daughter.


According to a short release via his publicist, Kavelle Christie he was quoted as saying "Yes, I have a baby daughter and I'm very elated about it. She is one in a million with parents and family members who adore her."


The mother of the child is Rosie Chin. But it was being rumoured that the father of the child was Craig from the group Voicemail.


DNA test


However, a DNA test, which was done earlier this week, revealed that Chino was in fact the father.


Chin is also the sister of Shantal Chin, who is now seeking help from the Family Court to get support from dancehall artiste Busy Signal for maintenance of their child.


We know Chino will be a great dad and with strong family support, the baby couldn't be in better hands.





Veteran Jamaican Musician Sonny Bradshaw Dies

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Veteran Jamaican musician, Sonny Bradshaw, died in London last night (Oct. 10) from the effects of a stroke which he suffered in August.



Jamaican High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Burchell Whiteman said Mr. Bradshaw's death will leave a significant gap in the Jamaican music landscape.



"It is almost impossible to imagine modern Jamaican music without the presence of Sonny Bradshaw. He was a true musical pioneer who dedicated more than six decades of his life to ensuring that Jamaican music and especially Jazz was always kept in the forefront and was accessible to all ," Mr. Whiteman said.


"I would like to offer sincere condolence to his wife and long-standing devoted professional partner, Myrna, his children, relatives and his many friends and supporters, Jamaicans at home and abroad will remember him with gratitude and with pride," he added.


In recent years Sonny Bradshaw and Jamaica's fist lady of jazz, Myrna Hague, have participated in many major musical shows in the United Kingdom. They have also given generously of their time to the Jamaican High Commission and to Jamaican charities based in the U.K..


Mr. Bradshaw who was born in 1926, was a skilled trumpeter who also played piano, clarinet, trombone, and the saxophone. He was as a musician, bandleader, composer, producer, and promoter as well as a journalist, teacher, and broadcaster.


In recent years he became the founder and driving force behind the Ocho Rios Jazz festival. He formed the Sonny Bradshaw Seven in the 1950s, which was a training ground for many Jamaican musicians.


He served for many years as the president of the Jamaican Federation of Musicians, and he was also instrumental in popularising indigenous Jamaican music, through his Teenage Dance Party radio show, which aired in the 1970s on what was then Jamaica Broadcasting Commission radio.







“If you have to go public, then do so with the truth,” says Collin ‘Iley Dread’ Levy regarding statements made by well known producer Cordell ‘Scatta’ Burrell in the Saturday Star.



In a story carried in the Chat! the artiste/promoter/producer, said although he has no beef with Scatta, he is honour bound to defend his reputation. “I know Scatta is not short on memory therefore he should remember that I was there for him from the very beginning, If he wished to speak the truth he will remember that because of my belief in him, I invested in the growth and development of his career,” said the Kings of Kings CEO.


According to Iley Dread, he once did his projects out of a studio, Celestial Sound on Molynes Road, where he produced his first hit for the KOK Label with Norris Man entitled Persistence, with Scatta working on the project as the engineer.


Shortly after Iley said he took the whole crew on a North American tour.


“On my return to the island, Scatta brought it to my attention that there was a recording studio for sale at Princeville Plaza on Constant Spring Road in Kingston,” Iley Dread recalled.


The desire to produce not only artistes from his camp, but more established acts; plus the fact that he wanted to give Scatta an outlet to explore his talent, saw him making the investment.


“The studio didn’t have any mortgage or major overheads…I left Scatta to manage it and I must say I was very disappointed when it went bankrupt,” said Iley.


Disappointed and disgruntled, Iley says he left the island to fulfill his touring obligations. After some time had passed and he had “cooled down” somewhat. He said Scatta again approached him expressing his regret and disappointment at how things turned out…begging him for the opportunity to redeem himself.


Iley told that paper that upon reflecting on their history and how far they were coming from, he was more inclined to give their business relationship another try.


That resulted in Scatta producing out of the Kings of Kings headquarters located at Upper Sandringham Avenue.


“I don’t know which two other partners he is talking about, I was the sole owner. During the two years he managed the business, I have never received a cent. The only thing Scatta was asked to do was pay the utility bills. Don’t get it twisted,” a disappointed Iley commented.


Iley says inspite of everything he still wishes Scatta all the best, he even offered some brotherly advise, “Now that you are building your state-of-the-art studio, if you don’t change your business ethics, it will go under just as Princeville and 5 Upper Sandringham did…after all is said and done…I wish you all the best in your endeavour.”


Scatta is quoted in sections of the media as saying that mortgage and othe expenses associated with running the business had forced him to give up the venture, in addition he noted that his two other business partners had pulled out leaving the brunt of the burden on him.





Today's Daily Word - Monday, October 12, 2009

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At Home
My heart is at home in love.


If my life's journey calls for a move to a new location, it's comforting to know that God is always with me and within me. Though I may miss familiar people and places, I'm happy to meet new friends and explore new surroundings.


Wherever I go, I make myself at home by sharing the love in my heart. I am encouraged as I look for the best in every person and situation. I have faith that whatever I seek, I will find.


All things work together for my highest good. Even though I may be far from my former home, I relax and affirm that all is well right here and now. No matter where a relocation takes me, home is with me in my heart.


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Today's Daily Word - Sunday, October 11, 2009

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Recovery



In Christ I am a new creation. I can do all things.



In Christ "there is a new creation." Many of us have overcome tremendous adversity: addiction, negative thinking, poverty. There may be aspects of our lives we still wish to transform. We see opportunities for growth and greater fulfillment. We have the potential to become completely new, vibrant human beings.


This is the day when I fully release the concept of lack or limitation from my consciousness. I accept with faith that Christ is my strength, health and spiritual guide. In Christ I am a new creation. I can do all things.


The path to recovery is mine to choose, and I embark upon this journey with a spirit of gratitude and joy in Christ.


"So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!"--2 Corinthians 5:17
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Today's Daily Word - Saturday, October 10, 2009

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Yes or No


I say "Yes!" to life.


Feelings of indecision or uncertainty may have stopped me in my tracks in the past. Now I see such times as opportunities to draw from inner resources to make the decisions that are right for me.
Setting an intention to open my mind to the gentle nudges of Spirit, I pause for a quiet moment of prayer. Through communion with God, I receive the guidance to say yes or no to the opportunities that come my way.


At times I will confidently say "yes!" to a richer, fuller experience of life. In other situations, I will confidently say "no" to circumstances that do not lead to my highest good.


With God's constant guidance, I am filled with assurance that whether my word is yes or no, I am taking the right action.


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Champions in Action Cancelled

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The much advertised Champions in Action which was scheduled to be held in Toronto tomorrow (Saturday, October 10) has been cancelled. Up to late last night the backing band was still in rehearsal for the show, with no official word coming to artistes who are booked to be on the show.


Yardflex spoke with “someone with the ears to the streets” out of Canada and according to him for weeks there was discontent about the fact that Elephant Man is on the show. There was even an article written in one of the Canadian papers where the gay community issued a warning that Elephant Man should not perform any of his known homophobic song.


“The move was sudden, we are still not getting any official words on the real reason the show was called off. Many are speculating that it’s because of the gay community…but there has been no words from the promoter – Action Promotions,” our source told us.


The show which reigned as one of the top annual events in Jamaica was embraced with deep anticipation by dancehall loving fans in Canada.


“All I can tell you is that it’s one major disappointment for us here,” said the source.


Yardflex will keep you posted on the latest in this one.





President Obama wins Nobel Peace prize

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President Barack Obama was announced as the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize winner today. The Norwegian Nobel Committee cited President Obama’s “extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples." Of special note was President Obama’s outreach to the Muslim world and attempts to curb nuclear proliferation.


The choice made Obama the third sitting U.S. president to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Other U.S. presidents to receive the prize were President Theodore Roosevelt in 1906 and President Woodrow Wilson in 1919.


In their selection, the Nobel committee praised Obama's creation of "a new climate in international politics" and said he had returned multilateral diplomacy and institutions like the U.N. to the center of the world stage."His diplomacy,” noted the Committee, “ is founded in the concept that those who are to lead the world must do so on the basis of values and attitudes that are shared by the majority of the world's population."





Today's Daily Word - Friday, October 9, 2009

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Gratitude


I am grateful for the people and experiences in my life.


When I consider the many people who have helped me in my life, I am deeply grateful. Family, friends, teachers and colleagues--each has taught me something about life and myself.


I consider the profound blessing of these people and the difference they have made for me. I open my heart to a simple prayer of gratitude by speaking their names or visualizing their faces. I bless each one.


Next I turn to look at the events of my life and bless each situation for the lessons learned and the wisdom gained.
I am grateful for love given and received and for the rich experiences of this life's journey.


"I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you."--Philippians 1:3-4
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Scences from Weddy Weddy

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It get worse

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But it get worse, it in today’s Chat! sey a grandson kill him 90-year-old grandmother over cellphone. Puppa Jeezas, teck the case and gi mi di pillow. No, just when you think it caan get any worse, you read news like this. What’s wrong with this young generation, someone tell us please?





People so cold

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What the hell is happening in the country when a 20-odd year old man a beat him 50-odd year old father and bere tings. We doan wrong the judge from telling him to get out of him daddy house. You can imagine you work hard to bring yuh pickney pass the worse and the only thanks you get is fi have them tun pan yuh…geez!





Sweep over my soul…

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Boy it seems as if there is no end to Luciano’s troubles. After he claimed he had no idea what kind of character his acquaintance of ten years was really like that escalated in the shooting incident at his house/studio, he was denied entry into the US over the past weekend. Hence his not being able to appear on the Irish and Chin promoted Rewind.





Nelson Hospitalized

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Senator Dwight Nelson, National Security Minister is in hospital as doctors try to determine the cause of severe abdominal pains.


Senator Nelson started having the pains Tuesday night and was taken to the hospital by Dr. Denise Eldemire-Shearer, his personal physician.


According to RJR news Gillian Haughton, Director of Communications in the ministry told them the Minister is resting comfortably and remains in high spirits.


Meanwhile, Daryl Vaz, Information Minister confirmed that the Senator Nelson is undergoing a battery of tests.


"It's too early to say about his diagnosis but tests are being done and the country will be kept abreast of any developments. The Government and Cabinet wish his a speedy recovery," he said.







This past weekend, Citi Field Stadium in New York City, home to the legendary New York Mets baseball team celebrated Caribbean Day at the Mets vs Houston Astros game and reggae crooner Gramps Morgan filled the ball park with the sounds of reggae music, delivering a sizzling pre-game performance that warmed the hearts of thousands of baseball fans on a cool Fall afternoon.


Gramps, performing his single Don't Cry for Jamaica off his chart-topping solo album, 2 Sides of My Heart Vol 1 was in fine nick and was well received by baseball fans who gave him a thunderous applause.


"This is a historic moment for me as it is first time I have performed in a stadium before thousands of baseball fans in my entire career," an elated Gramps Morgan declared moments after he left the mound.


"To have my image beamed live on the big jumbotron TV monitors at a ballpark that I grew up close to as a youngster is a very special moment for me. I am happy I was able to represent for Jamaica, the Caribbean and all my reggae fans" he said.


Gramps was not the only one rejoicing as NY Mets Community and Group Sales & Services spokesperson Michael Renzulli said, "We are very pleased to have a taste of the Jamaican culture here today at the Citi Field as we celebrate Caribbean Day here at the game."


Prior to Gramps' performance, Danglin sang Jamaica We Love, a passionate and patriotic proclamation showcasing all the wonderful things that make Jamaica special. The festivities concluded with a presentation to columnist Sandy Daley from Street Hype newspaper.


Media marketer Anthony Turner of IMAGES LLC, who, along with Dave Rodney and the Queens Economic Development Corporation, coordinated the pre-game event said, "We applaud the NY Mets and the Queens Borough President's Office for giving two Caribbean acts the opportunity to showcase our Caribbean culture before thousands of baseball fans. Gramps and Danglin are two talented artistes who today have broken new ground in their respective careers," he noted.


Gramps, who was born Roy Morgan, has been having a whirlwind year that included a major US tour with Grammy winner India.Arie and John Legend. In August he performed at two sold-out back-to-back events at the world-famous Madison Square Gardens and topped off the summer with a strong performance at Irie Jamboree in New York. His debut album Two Side oF My Heart had one of the strongest reggae debuts ever, racking up impressive sales of over 12,000 units in its first week. Currently the album is the top-selling reggae disc in South Florida and New York. Morgan is currently on a US tour with reggae star Buju Banton.





Today's Daily Word - Thursday, October 8, 2009

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Healing


Life-giving energy flows throughout my body. I am renewed.


Divine energy flows in and through God's creations, renewing, restoring, uplifting. I see this energy in the exuberance of a child, in the beauty of a flower blossom and in the vibrant display of autumn's colors. I feel it in the warmth of the sun's rays, the freshness of a gentle breeze.


As I align my thoughts with life and wholeness, I feel divine energy in my own body as well. I am in the flow of life-giving energy, and it is in me. I praise my body and give thanks for its efficient and reliable functioning. It is God's beautiful expression of life. The divine energy that flows through all of creation flows through me. I am renewed in mind, body and spirit. Thank You, God.


"'For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.' They said to him, 'Sir, give us this bread always.'"--John 6:33-34.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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TWINS OF TWINS - WHICH DUDUS (SPLINTA RIDDIM)

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New York, October 6, 2009 : — Solid performances from King Stur Gav, Mighty Crown, Brigadier Jerry, General Trees, Capleton, Beenie Man, Sugar Minott and Santa Ranks was the hallmark of Irish and Chin’s highly-anticipated Reeewind last weekend at New York’s Club Amazura.


The thousands of Reggae fans who filled up the venue included those who had traveled from far and wide, some from as far as Atlanta and Miami, to be part of the landmark staging of this classic, one-of-a-kind Rub A Dub event.


Heavy promotion by Irish and Chin, coupled with the endorsement by New York's IrieJam radio, helped to make "Reeewind" the huge success it was.


Unfortuantely, three of the artistes originally billed for "Reeewind" — U-Roy, Luciano and Charlie Chaplin — faced immigration issues andwere unable to perform. The promoters, however, found a quick replacement in the form of the sweet Sugar Minott who gave a performance that will long be remembered.


"Reeewind" jump started with an intense early warm by the "Far East Rulers" Mighty Crown. who laced Amazura with straight "Rub-a-dub" classics. The crowd responded well as many in the audience held their partners close to groove to the timeless hits. Mighty Crown boldly displayed a side not often seen by the massive. Sami, Simon and Koji, Mighty Crown's foundation guru, maintained great continuity and control of the crowd until 1:30 AM.


Following Mighty Crown was the one-and-only King Stur Gav. The caliber of music that King Stur Gav unleashed was impeccable. Once the bass line dropped, artistes took center stage and gave patrons their money's worth until the wee hours of the morning. Amazura was officially converted into a sweat-soaked, vibes-filled "Rub-a-dub" session.


Every artist on the ticket was a hot item. The audience roared many times through out the night, whether it was for recognisable lyrics or quick-fire freestyles. Born for the stage, Beenie Man dominated the mic for quite a while until he was slightly schooled by Brigadier Jerry who later commanded the audience with his relentless microphone skills. Often credited as one of the forefathers of dancehall music, Brigadier Jerry proved that he is the ultimate deejay.


General Trees entertained the fans through out the night with his ability to ride riddims continuously. Meanwhile, Santa Ranks held it down for New York. Although Capleton's stints on the microphone were brief, the crowd went wild each time he touched the stage.
Sugar Minott laced the "Rub-a-dub" riddims with perfection. His full fledged vocals were the event's main ingredient. From belting freestyle lyrics and those of his own hits to top Reggae and R&B selections, Sugar Minott was a force to be reckoned with.


At 4:00 AM, patrons were still trying to get in the sold-out event. Even when the lights came on shortly after 4:30 AM, the audience was still enthralled.





Jamaicans receive $23m from US bus company

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Thirty-one Jamaicans who sued US bus company Greyhound have given a $23 million pay-out.


The individuals, who were hired under the Government's Overseas Hotel Employment Programme, received US$268,000 from their lawsuit.


They were issued with cheques at the Ministry of Labour on Tuesday.


The Jamaicans were injured in March 2007 in an accident involving a Greyhound bus while travelling from Florida to their places of employment in Missouri.


Greyhound will also have to pay medical and legal costs as well as other fees.


Minister of Labour Pearnel Charles assured the group that he is willing to work with them to provide any further assistance that may be necessary





Scenes from Boasy Tuesdays

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Buju woes continues

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We really don’t know what to believe…one minute we getting reports that Buju’s show is successful and enjoying some mad crazy turnout…and next comes news like this one that his shows in Eureka and Los Angeles have been cancelled and he is now facing dwindling options.


Honestly, I think they should just back off now and allow the gargamel to go through with his tour. Surely there ought to be enough patrons and promoters on his side to make it work?


What do you all think?





Good news for Cash Plus investors

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There’s good news for Cash Plus investors as it seems that there is finally a silver lining on te cloud. Depositors could be getting back some money invested in the failed investment scheme following the discovery of US$25 million dollars stashed away in a Dubai bank account by former Cash Plus boss, Carlos Hill.


After vigorously denying to that he didn’t have any money invested outside of the country the discovery was made one week later.


According to Cash Plus Liquidator Hugh Wildman, who made the disclosure at a press briefing at his office on Monday told journalists that his office recently served an injunction against Swiss Bank Julius Baer in Dubai requesting the freezing of assets after receiving crucial intelligence information on the moneys whereabouts.


Well for the investors sake we hope that even more money is fished out!.





Today's Daily Word - Wednesday, October 7, 2009

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Free


I choose to be blessed and to be a blessing.


Today is a new day, free of stress or anxiety, free of conflicts or concerns. And I am free to choose what I want it to be. I greet this day, knowing that I am a child of God and that as God's child, I am healthy, whole, prosperous and free.


By making the conscious choice to be blessed and to be a blessing, I open my heart and my life to God. I focus on being a positive influence in the lives of others. Regardless of conditions in the world around me, I look for the good and trust God for right results.


What a freeing feeling this is! What an uplifting, renewing way to live! By letting go of outer concerns and focusing on my inner state of being, I remember there is a higher power at work, and there is nothing to fear.


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G Whizz receives death threats

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Upcoming artiste G Whizz, has received threats against his life. The entertain who been getting a lot of spotlight with his single Life Soon Sort Out was forced to report the threat to the police, after an anonymous caller threatened to “chop off his head.



Garland Germaine Rowe aka G Whizz says the message was left on the telephone of his manager, Fams House Studios boss, John Barrett. The artiste claims he has no knowledge where the threats could have come from, stating he has done no-one wrong, and therefore, cannot understand this level of hatred.



Barrett (G Whizz’s manager) expressed shocked when he received the muffled message on his phone with the threat, as he claims his artiste ‘lives good and clean’ and so he has no idea why someone would try to send threatening messages.



The manager says they will not be taking any chances or treating the threat lightly.





Tools Hardware GM murdered

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The General Manager for Tools Hardware on Spanish Town Road was murdered yesterday evening about 6:30 pm at her home.



According to police reports Elva Mullings who is in her mid 40s drove up at her home at Sandalswood in Bridgeview, Portmore, St Catherine. When she alighted out of her vehicle she was approached by two gunmen who shot her in her upper body and face. She died on the spot.


The murder, which was committed at approximately 6:30 pm, plunged the community into mourning and shocked members of her staff, some of whom rushed to scene last night.


As yet no motive has been established for the killing.





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Today's Daily Word - Tuesday, October 6, 2009

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Faith


I trust God in every moment.


When the world seems to change too quickly or events in my life seem daunting or confusing, I turn to the power that never changes: God.


In moments of quiet meditation, I come back to center. God within guides me to make right decisions and empowers me to take right action. God is my source of understanding and wisdom, the ever-present love that leads me to form meaningful relationships and take purposeful action. In God, I am assured that order and harmony transcend temporary appearances.


As I connect with the love of God, I know that all things are possible. I trust in God, and I face the world with courage and confidence.


"Keep alert, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love."--1 Corinthians 16:13-14.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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Trinidad says no Bounty round here

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PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (AP) — Alliance head honcho, Bounty Killer, was denied entry into Trinidad for a weekend show where he was scheduled to appear, a concert promoter said Saturday.


Verne Extavour, spokesman for Jacho Entertainment, told The Associated Press that Bounty Killer was turned away upon arrival and flew back to Jamaica.


No explanation was given, Extavour said. Immigration officials did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
The last time Bounty Killer was in Trinidad, he was arrested on stage and charged with using obscene language. Authorities in Jamaica arrested him for the same reason during last year’s Reggae Sumfest.


Best known for the album My Xperience and for collaborating with No Doubt on the song Hey Baby, Bounty Killer was one of a number of musicians scheduled to perform at Saturday’s concert.
Among them was Vybz Kartel, with whom Bounty Killer has a long-standing rivalry that has led to violence between their fans.
Promoters had said the concert would represent a truce.





Major Mackerel attacked by sword-wielding neighbour

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According to an Associated Press report, veteran dancehall artiste, Major Mackerel was slashed in the head, arm and hand by a Brooklyn man wielding a 26-inch sword.


Mackerel’s neighbour, a 37-year-old man, was arrested and the sword recovered Sunday morning. Reports are that the man claim that Major Mackerel, whose real name is Garfield Dixon, was harassing his wife.


But, Novia Watson, girlfriend of the entertainer, is quoted as saying that this allegation is untrue. Dixon also denied harassing the man’s wife.


Major Mackerel was hospitalised for several hours. He left with bandages crowning his dreadlocks and wrapped around his left hand, his wrist and elbow, the New York Daily News reported.


The 37-year-old neighbor faces charges including assault with intent to cause serious injury with a weapon.





Scenes from Wet Sundays

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Scenes from Passion Sundays

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Today's Daily Word - Monday, October 5, 2009

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Momentum


I have the support I need to succeed.


Many worthwhile endeavors are not completed quickly, but rather take time. I know that each experience I have builds on something I have learned or experienced in the past. It's as though I'm building a life brick by brick.


The decisions I make and the lessons I learn may seem to result in only small steps forward. But with each one, I build momentum toward the accomplishment of my goals.


Whether I'm following an exercise program, learning a new skill or developing a savings plan, the creation process is a spiritual one. I rely on God for help, support and guidance. I trust the creative process, knowing that I have the strength, will and energy I need to succeed.


"Be strong and courageous ... for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."--Joshua 1:9.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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Talk up the right things says Boom Boom

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Alliance selector Boom Boom is disappointed that an event which was supposed to be promoting peace and unity is now being used to create conflict.


“There are reports circulating that I was musically beaten by Chris Diamond at The Building during the Gaza vs Gully unity jam,” he explained.


The Alliance selector described in detail everything that took place that night.


“After speaking with Earl, he assures me it was not a clash thing, it was something to show selectors unity and I agreed. But from mi go inna di club a pure Gaza (indicating that patrons who supported Gaza should wear white)…all di speaker and bartender sey Gaza” Boom jokingly stated.


Boom went up first and gave a lively mixture of gully, gaza and other songs…which the moderator Pretty Boy Floyd gave him ‘stripes’ for it.


The Gaza Selector took a while before he earned his stripe…this went on round after round with Boom Boom dominating except for one where Chris Diamond absolutely took it.


It came to the last set where Boom Boom absolutely destroyed the competition. So you can imagine the selector’s surprise when he heard comments on radio and at subsequent dances that he was properly whipped.


“ If dem haffi call up mi name, dem fi meck sure sey dem get it straight,” Boom Boom warned.





Who is Boom Boom?

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His name may sound like the nickname of a toddler from a Disney cartoon. But despite being given his moniker by his grandmother at age five, Boom Boom, born Marlon Kirk Wizard has been making quite a name for himself in dancehall circles. Boom Boom, in explaining how the nickname came about says, "Is like dem use to call mi grandmother fatty and true me a har grandson, dem jus' call me Boom Boom," completing the name, 'Fatty Boom Boom'.


It's a name that he has held on to, even though being a sound system selector was not always a part of his plans. He and fellow Grants Pen artiste Kibaki used to imitate the dancehall deejays they heard on radio. But at the age of nine, Boom Boom officially made the transition from deejay to selector when his uncle unexpectedly asked him to manage the Invader sound system (a well known mobile disco in Grants Pen) he owned. Boom Boom stepped up to the plate in confidence and entered into the realms of being a selector and his first time left him overwhelmed. When Boom Boom reached his teens, his uncle then gave him a job as a selector and he stayed with Invader sound for over a decade. Making his name Boom Boom soon began to make a name for himself in the Kingston 8 area and made his first major appearance at Mavado's first birthday party held on the gully side of Cassava Piece in 1998. "A Mavado first birthday mek mi career tek off and from dat mi tour di whole Europe, mi career jus' rise," Boom Boom said.


His outstanding performance led to him being offered a job by Y2K sound system, where he further honed his skills and got the chance to play abroad. Boom Boom says his style of selecting is unique and he always goes for something different. "Me a nuh di selector wey run down di top ten music wey di res' a selectors play, more time mi jus play some longtime music wey wi tek di place, like from inna di '90s and early 2000," he said. "My energy come from di crowd, based on how they react." Boom Boom describes himself as, "a nice individual", but says, "when a time fi perform mi get cross, when it come on to playing a di job dat, yuh haffi get the job done." There are some artistes, however, who Boom Boom says, have an added energy that he loves. "Mi a play Mavado from 1993, mi a di first selector play Mavado, suh mi have a extra energy playing fi dem song, him an Kibaki. When mi a play like Mavado, Flex, Kibaki, mi get a big energy. Di Killer a di sealer, anytime mi sey Bounty Killa, a di sealer dat," he said. Well, Boom Boom says his fans can catch him in live action at his regular spots like Bembe Thursdays, Chi Ching Tuesday in Golden Spring and Gal-A Tuesday in Linstead.







The Berlin Salute to Jamaica's representatives at the 2009 World Championships in August got off to a glitzy start yesterday (Oct. 2) with the Golden Reception on the lawns of Jamaica House.


The event was reminiscent of an award show or movie premier, with the red carpet laid out for the fashionably dressed athletes, who were greeted by hosts, Prime Minister Hon. Bruce Golding, and Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Hon. Olivia Grange.


The thousands of family, friends and well wishers, who turned out to celebrate with the athletes, were treated to scrumptious Jamaican fare and high qualify entertainment, featuring international reggae star Shaggy, Christopher Martin, Etana, and Italian reggae artiste Alberosie. Even aspects of the Berlin Championships were recreated, with Berlino the bear, Berlin's playful mascot present to mingle with the athletes and guests.


However, for most, the best part of the evening was being able to interact with Jamaica's sporting heroes. University of Technology student, Leighton Jackson, said that the highlight of his night was seeing World and Olympic Champion Usain Bolt in person.


Former 100-metre world record holder and bronze medal winner in the just-concluded games, Asafa Powell, said he felt "overwhelmed" by the support and appreciated the personal congratulations from those present at the event.


All the athletes were given plaques to mark their achievements in Berlin, while several past athletes, such as 400-metre runner Bert Cameron, and technical and support staff in the athletics field, similarly rewarded.


Mr. Golding congratulated the athletes on their performances in track and field saying they have shown the youths of Jamaica that there is nothing they cannot achieve.


"I want them (the athletes) to be conscious of what they mean to the people of Jamaica. I don't think they understand what they mean to the young people of this country, who now have a sense of what they can achieve. Young people, who watched them said: 'you know what, if they can do it, I can do it as well'," the Prime Minister said.


Describing the athletes as the "people's champions", Mr. Golding said this weekend's Berlin Salute events will give the athletes a chance to celebrate directly with the people of Jamaica.


The Jamaicans left Berlin with seven gold, four silver and two bronze medals, which was the country's best-ever medal haul at an international meet.


Among the most memorable Berlin moments were Usain Bolt's record-breaking run in the 100-metre and 200-metre races; Bridgitte Foster Hylton's celebrations following her win in the 100-metre hurdles; and Melaine Walker and Shelly-Ann Fraser's wins in the 400-metre hurdles and 100-metre, respectively, cemented their positions as world leaders in the events.


The celebrations will continue tomorrow (Oct.4) with a fun day at the Trelawny Multipurpose Stadium, and will culminate with a gala at the stadium in the night.





Today's Daily Word - Sunday, October 4, 2009

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One Power


There is only one power in my life and in the universe, God the good.
I begin my day by affirming, "There is only one power in my life and in the universe, God the good." This affirmation helps me keep my focus on God and see God active in my life.


There may be times when people or conditions seem to have a certain power over me. But I remind myself that things only have the power I give them. Releasing any belief in the power of anyone or anything to take away my good, I return to my morning affirmation. There is only ONE power in my life and in those around me--and that power is God.


Centered in divine power, I am at peace. If there is an action I am to take to help restore my health, prosperity or harmony, I am receptive to the guidance and wisdom of the One Power, God the good.


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Scenes from the Berlin Celebration

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Scenes from Fresh Fridays

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What’s going on!

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It is apparent that there will be no ceasefire where Bounty Killer and Vybz Kartel are concerned as reports have surfaced that the Bounty was denied entry into Trinidad.


Vybz had no such problem and so he will be the sole headline act on tonight’s Ceasefire in the country.
The reasons surrounding his refusal are not yet known, but yardflex will keep you posted.





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Today's Daily Word - Saturday, October 3, 2009

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Protected


God is my source, my strength and my shield.


Feelings of insecurity may creep up on me from time to time. If so, I take a moment to observe the thoughts behind my feelings. Rather than dwell on what might go wrong, I choose to focus on God's powerful, protecting presence within and around me.


With each slow, deep breath, I am filled with peace. God is greater than my fears, and I am God's beloved. I call upon divine strength and feel my strength increasing.


In any situation, God is mighty in the midst of me, lifting my spirits and calming my mind. God is my source, my strength and my shield. I am grateful for a peaceful heart, as I know I am always safe in God's presence.


"This God--his way is perfect; the promise of the Lord proves true; he is a shield for all who take refuge in him."--2 Samuel 22:31
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Luciano Makes his Return at Reeewind

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Reggae’s self-proclaimed Messenger, Luciano, makes his long-awaited, triumphant return to the Tri-state area when he appears on Irish and Chin’s Reeewind on Saturday, October 3.


The powerful Reggae singer will perform on the one-and-only King Stur Gav sound with a host of top artistes. Although Luciano boasts flawless vocals and a massive catalogue of cultural music, at "Reeewind," he will face his biggest challenge with no band to back him.


While the "Rub-a-dub" theme of "Reeewind" directly complements Luciano's music and essence, he will have to prove himself as the only singer slated for the event. So that Luciano's baritone infused lyrics don't get overwhelmed by the contingency of deejays billed for the session, the cultural vocalist will be required to command the mic.


In addition to being caught between the likes of Beenie Man and Capleton, who have rivaled for decades, Luciano will have to shine among the veteran Deejays. It's no secret that U-Roy, Brigadier Jerry, Charlie Chaplin and General Trees are masters of the "Rub-a-dub" era. So, the pressure is on for "The Messenger" to flow continuously through out the night.


But one must note that Irish and Chin handpicked Luciano for "Reeewind" because of his caliber, vocal strength and catalogue. And to top these attributes -- Luciano can ride any riddim impeccably. With this in mind, Luciano could very well overcome obstacles at "Reeewind." With a massive fan base behind him during this epic return, Luciano just may come out the night's biggest success. Luciano has performed on King Stur Gav in the past and the reviews were unbelievable. Most expect nothing less than that this time around. Although "Reeewind" is not a competition, the artists will have to prove their worth!







Dancehall hot girl, Shantal Chin — sister of the Rosie Chin who Ele deejays about — says the DNA results are back and they state that Busy Signal is the father of her seven and a half month old daughter.Shantal, whose sister was involved in a ‘jacket’ drama with Craig of the group Voicemail, is now seeking the help of the Family Court to get Busy to support their child financially.


She reportedly told one newspaper that at first Busy was “helping out” but then people started saying that child wasn’t his, so he demanded a paternity test, but nothing has changed. The deejay, like many of his colleagues, remains on the list of “Deadbeat Dads”.
Actually it was earlier this year that Voicemail member Craig, was involved in a baby mother drama which resulted in a DNA test proving that Craig was not the father of the child.


News that Craig had been given a ‘jacket’ made the front page and the deejay was the subject of many jokes.
It was then that deejay Busy Signal reportedly took the decision that he too wanted a paternity test.


The story is that 19-year-old Shantal was one month pregnant when her 19 month relationship with the dancehall artiste came to an end. Busy, she says, used to make a contribution, however, she went to Panama to stay with her aunt and give birth. Upon her return to Jamaica, however, Busy has refused to take her calls and is unwilling to support their daughter.


It was then that Shantal reported the matter to the Family Court in Kingston. The two are to appear for family counselling on October 7.





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Are You Sure Music Video to be Shot Next Week

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Reggae crooner Collin ‘Iley Dread’ Levy is gearing up to shoot the music video for the single that is making a lot of noise in the dancehall these days - Are You Sure.


According to Iley, everything is in place for the video shoot which will take place next week.


“The video will be shot in Kingston, Portland and Ocho Rios and all I can say is that I am expecting big things from it,” he told Chat!.
Top flight director Ras Kassa who has worked with artistes such as Damian Marley, Sean Paul and others will be in charge of directing the video.


“Fans can expect to see a great quality video and one that fit the international standard,” the singer said about his upcoming project.
Not giving away too much about the video shoot, he said there will be some great surprises “you will see some of your favourites actors in the video,” Iley promised.


Iley says he expects the video to be edited and ready for the television screen by the end of month.





Chino Set on his Musical Path

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There is no changing from the musical path that Daniel ‘Chino’ McGregor is set on. The song of reggae stalwart Freddie McGregor is definitely a talent in his own right as he shows that he has what it takes to hold his own in the competition music industry.


His accomplishments are now pretty impressive as he was recently chosen to work on the Coke Zero project, which was an overwhelming success. ..that leads to his being in the National Geographic documentary.


The documentary, 'The Music Nomad - Made in Jamaica' highlighted the Jamaican music and culture with the McGregor family taking the lead role.


“it was not about putting on or taking off anything. I brought them in the studio and captured the whole recording process,” he told Yardflex.


From Mawning since it hit the airwaves took off like a raging fire. The infectious riddim and the uplifting words seemed to have found a comfortable niche in the hearts of music lovers. Chino is now working on the video for the hot single and he says it should be ready to hit the streets in the next two weeks.


A newly released single is now getting a buzz on the scene and it’s Nuh Put Nuh Woman Pon Yuh Head, rapping about the song Chino says it’s self explanatory. “Any man in the street can relate to that song. But it’s for the youths to take in their education and leave big people things alone,” he added.


The talented artiste also shared his opinion with Yardflex on the state of the dancehall…” The production level is stepping up, we are getting a lot of positive songs as opposed to the negative styles. Outside of that, I wish a lot more Jamaican could get the chance to travel more to places in the US and Europe and Japan,” he said, adding that they would be in for a rude awakening as “no one know them or would be interested in some of the music they are raving about here.


“Make music that appeal to the wider public ,” Chino said as he told Yardflex it was a thrill to hear people who don’t speak English chanting the words of his songs.


For Chino the solution to making the music business much better is for everyone to work together. “Artistes and producers have to unite. A pure hypocrite, everyone smile until you look like you making a further step. Cut out the crab inna barrel mentality,” he warned.


Looking ahead Chino in between keeping his performance engagements in and out of the country is working on a brand new riddim, which he is for the moment keeping close to his chest.


No amount of prodding could get that information out…but all we can say is that it will be coming with some real tough tunes.





Sean Paul takes 2009 MOBO for Best Reggae

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Big up to Sean Paul who walked away on Thursday night the 2009 Music of Black Origin (MOBO) award for Best Reggae Album with his August release Imperial Blaze.



Since its release the VP/Atlantic Imperial Blaze album sold 28,465 copies in its opening week to register a number 12 debut on the Billboard 200 album chart.



It registered brisk movements on the Billboard rap and reggae album charts, it topped the popular online store iTunes Reggae abums chart in the UK and France. It also made its debut in Japan at #1.



The MOBO Awards which was held at the Glasgow’s Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) in Scotland saw Paul edging out artistes such as Mavado, Serani, Tarrus Riley and Vybz Kartel.



Other winners for the night included Beyonce (Best International, Best Video: Singles Ladies), Keri Hilson (Best R&B) and JLS (Best Newcomer.





Dancehall Rivals for Show in Trinidad

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The show is interestingly dubbed Ceasefire and it sees rivals Bounty Killer and Vybz Kartel sharing the stage.


The action will take place on Saturday, October 3 at King George V Park, Port-of-Spain. Of course other acts are on the bill such as Macka Diamond, but all eyes will be on those two.





Today's Daily Word - Friday, October 2, 2009

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Prayer


As I turn my thoughts to God, my life becomes a prayer.


I do not need to go away to a mountaintop or seclude myself in a sacred place to spend time in prayer. I need only to turn my thoughts inward and open my mind and heart to God. In this way, I make whatever I am doing a prayer.


As I prepare a meal, I am grateful for the food, and as I clean my house, I am grateful for the restful haven it provides me. As I walk in the park, I feel a sense of oneness with all life in the world around me. As I go through my workday, I am God's instrument of good in the world, and what I do and say is an expression of God.


The more I turn my thoughts to God, the more my life becomes a prayer.


"Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."--1 Thessalonians 5:16-18.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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Scenes from Weddy Weddy

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Today's Daily Word - Thursday, October 1, 2009

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Discover


I discover and express more of my divine potential each day.


My life is an adventure that both challenges and thrills me. Each new experience allows me to express more of my strengths and talents.
At times, however, my human capabilities may seem insufficient to the task at hand. I know that to reach my goal, I must discover and use more of my divine potential.


In sacred communion with God, I release any sense of limitation and open myself to divine direction. I see new areas of possibility--new capabilities to be explored. I am guided to the right course of action.


Filled with a new understanding of my divine nature, I have the tools I need to experience abundance, joy, health and peace.


"Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you."--Matthew 7:7.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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Reggae Sumfest 2018

Scenes from KLAS School Tour

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Today's Daily Word - Saturday, October 31, 2009

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Joy



Divine power fills me with joy today.


Like waves in the ocean or birds in the sky, I am uplifted by divine power expressing through me. As I pray and go about my activities, God is the power that fills me with joy. Just as energy moves the waves and wind lifts the birds, this joy radiates throughout my being, filling me with energy and enthusiasm for life.


I find joy in simple things like spending time with a friend or enjoying the beauty of nature. I am aware of the simple, joy-filled moments and collect them as treasures. Joy shapes my thoughts and flows out into my conversations and actions.


I experience joy as the truth of my being and the divine energy in my life.


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What a musician salt

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After him leave Jamaica and go Jamaica fi do some work wid di Japanese dem, dem beat him up no ends. Then he returns to his homeland and get beat up still!


No sir that just takes the cake.


The case is now before the courts involving a Japanese man who it is alleged attacked the musician over a tune. He is now being remanded in custody following the musician’s complaint to the police.


Investigation revealed also that the 27-year-old accused foreigner Takuya Nakamura, has overstayed his time in the island, is also charged for possession of ganja and a ‘chillum pipe’, which were found at his residence.


When he next appears in court a translator will be provided to assist him.


According to police report, on October 21, the musician visited the house where Nakamura was staying at Hibiscus Drive, Kingston 8, after he was contacted by the accused. While at the house Nakamura asked the complainant if he got the tune, but the complainant told him that the man, who was to deal with it said he could not split it.
Nackamura reportedly then told the complainant to stop acting the fool. He then attacked the complainant and kicked him in the chest and pushed him down on a bed, that he was sitting on and slapped him in the face.


The complainant tried to defend himself but was kicked repeatedly over his body by the accused.


The complainant was taken to the University Hospital of the West Indies on the following, day after he woke up in pain with his legs swollen.


Now you see why if Jamaicans are doing business with oriental folks they need to first do an intensive ninja course.







Now we have heard it all. A course for sex workers? Yes, we kid you not. 22 Prostitutes participated in a UN sponsored programme and graduated on Thursday from the skills training programme put on by Heather Little-White and Associates and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).


The male and females sex workers were exposed to cosmetology, housekeeping, culinary skllls in the course which began in September.


A sum of $1.2million was donated by UNAIDS toward the initiative.
The good thing about the whole deal is that the sex workers can now abandon their former profession and live off their new training.
The graduation ceremony was packed with motivational speeches and performances from Joan Andrea Hutchinson, Queen Ifrica, Tony Rebel and others.


“You are teaching me that there are people in Jamaica who still want good. People who have high hopes and big ambitions,” said Rebel, “Government need to come talk to Heather, why? Because this is a new method of fixing a problem in the country, if we want to fix our society now, we can’t just use the same old time method”.


Hutchinson told the graduates: “You have two choices, you can sit down and wait for things to happen or you can do something about it. What is commendable is that all of you inside here have chosen to do something about it”.


“You see the concept of putting limits on yourself, don’t let anybody put any limits on you. You put that limit on yourself,” she added.


Yardflex wishes them success on the new path they have taken.





Scenes from Street Vybz Thrusdays

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Today's Daily Word - Friday, October 30, 2009

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Harmony


I live in harmony with all expressions of life.


Today I hold the intention to notice and appreciate harmony in its many forms. I hear it in the music playing in the background, see it in the combination of furnishings and colors in a room, and experience it in the mutual agreement of time and place to meet a treasured friend.


I appreciate that I am a valued part of the harmony of all life. My uniqueness is an essential element of the human family and so is the individuality of others. When we respect one another's differences, we collectively enhance the whole.


With gratitude for life in all its countless forms, I live in partnership with God's creation.


"May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another."--Romans 15:5
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Scences from Weddy Weddy

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Scenes from Boasy Tuesdays

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