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Scenes from Fresh Fridays

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Scences from Wet Sundays

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It's a crying shame

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The other day Irie Fm aired a story about this place in Brown's Town, St Ann called Shanty Town. Now their plight was highlighted about from them live there until now, the people them don't have running water.


It so bad that one of the children took sick and when she went to the doctor and opened her mouth to answer his question a tape worm fell from her mouth!


Chat! went down there and did a follow up story, further highlighting their plight.


A tourist who was made aware of their situation bought two big tanks for the area to help alleviate the situation.


Same time the MP for the area come on Ire FM. This morning a hear Ron Muschette a talk how the tourist refused to go in the studio with the MP.


Mi nuh blame the tourist at all.


It's a crying shame any way you look at it





Scenes from Olivia aka Nioma

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Beenie Man bad mind?

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Di odda day wi watching Entertainment Report and dem a interview Isaiah Laing from Supreme Promotions. Him a respond to a comment whey Beenie Man meck bout Sting. Him sey him nuh know why Beenie sey it, but Beenie Man mussi get bad mind like Bounty Killer! A wah dis fada. Laing sey all who a look fi Beenie Man pon Sting stage caan nuh badda look cause him nuh want Beenie Man dere. Wi wanda a whey Beenie coulda duh suh, fi get ban from Sting stage. All di same, win uh too feel it dis year, cause di best clash dem have is a graffiti artist and Mr G…wi star yawm aready.





Today's Daily Word - Monday, November 30, 2009

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World Peace


I see God in every face.


When I witness discord among people, I may wonder how we can live together in peace. Divisions polarize, but I can be part of a peaceful alternative.


I know that all people originate from the same divine source. Every person of every faith, tradition, lifestyle and nationality is a child of God. We are all members of the same spiritual family. Even though family members may not always agree, we are all bound together by the love of God. Like spokes on a wheel, no matter which direction each of us points, we all connect at the center.


As I look into the faces of my spiritual brothers and sisters, I see the light of God in every face, and I send them love. This season, I give the gift of peace to all.


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Looks like a Gully/Gaza weekend

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It look like it’s gonna be a Gaza/Gully weekend coming up. Bolt a have him super party Saturday night inna St Ann, with him deejay Vybz Kartel as one of him special guest and the Gully god Mavado a have fi him birthday party the same night, inna Temple Hall. A wonder a which one a dem a go get the biggest support. Gully and Gaza to the flippin’ world! is all we can say.





Clash bill reach $18 M and growing

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So wid Kartel $13 million and Ele $5 million, that a $18 million. So how much Bounty and Flippa a go want? It is really not funny.
And the Sting promoter dem a bawl already how dem don’t have no sponsor and how things tight. But dem say that every year and still the show go on.


But, as we say, if Sting want full house like last year, dem haffi go provide the clash between the two real big man -- Vybz and Bounty.





Sting just a walk round a look fi clash

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After 20-odd years is time Sting get it right. First, dem come wid de fool-fool clash with Goofy, who hardly have a career and the graffiti clown LA Lewis, who will never have a career. Next we see Laing a try draw out poor Ele, how Flippa did waan clash wid him but it look like Ele fraid. And, the next ting you know, we see how Ele want $5 milion fi clash wid Flippa. Right now, dem don’t have a show, cause everybody know she Sting patron a go deh fi raw meat. A just clash straight and if Sting cyan provide that, then the show a go flop.







Former 100-meter world-record holder, Tim Montgomery, certainly held nothing back in the interview with the British newspaper. From the reason why he started taking performance enhancing steroids, to the intimate details of his relationship with partner and fellow sprint star, Marion Jones, he told it all.


Montgomery, in an interview with The Times of London newspaper from a federal prison in Alabama, where he is serving time for bank fraud and drug dealing, said he took the drugs because he wanted to beat American sprint rival Maurice Greene and become the fastest man in the world.


He said he and former partner Marion Jones stored their steroids in the refrigerator "next to the vegetables."


"Maurice got in my head real bad," Montgomery said in the interview, which was published Friday. "I wanted everything that he had."
Montgomery criticizes Greene for "clowning the other athletes." And it was after the 1999 world championships in Seville, Spain, that Montgomery decided do something.


"I would give anything to be the world's fastest," said Montgomery, who left coach Steve Riddick and joined doping-tainted coach Trevor Graham. "I wouldn't let anything get in my way."


Montgomery never tested positive for drugs, but he was linked to the BALCO doping investigation and has admitted that he doped before the 2000 Sydney Olympics. He retired in December 2005 after the Court of Arbitration for Sport banned him from track and field for two years.


Montgomery said he and Jones became an item in 2002 after spending several hours talking on a flight to Rome.


"Two hours later we were alone in a hotel room together. Two weeks after that we were crowned the world's fastest couple. And six months after that she was pregnant," said Montgomery, who added that Jones could make herself cry for the cameras.


Despite his success, Montgomery said Jones was the "prima donna" of Graham's group of track athletes, and added that he was dating her for the public and not for himself.


"An athlete can be so consumed by being great," Montgomery said. "And we were too similar, we both wanted to achieve at any cost and you can't have two people like that together."


Last year, Jones served six months in prison for perjury in the BALCO case. She never tested positive for doping, but was stripped of her five medals from the Sydney Games after admitting that she was doping at the time.


Montgomery is now in a minimum-security prison in Montgomery, Ala., and works as a landscaper. But he said he has had some tough moments since being locked up, including having to beat up a pedophile cellmate in a New York prison because otherwise "the other inmates would have thought I was soft."





Today's Daily Word - Sunday, November 29, 2009

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Hope


My faith in God fills me with hope and confidence.


Gazing at the night sky, I perceive the shining stars as symbols of God's all-encompassing presence. Such natural beauty fills me with wonder and faith. At such times I say, "Thank You, God, for this beautiful expression of Your provision."


I affirm my faith through all of life's joys and challenges. If I experience anything less than vitality and strength, I focus my attention on God's constant life-giving presence in nature and in me. I am continuously renewed in mind, body and spirit by divine life and energy.


My faith is strengthened and my hope is renewed through my conscious awareness of God expressing in and around me.


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Scenes from Xpression Thurdays

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Scenes from Street Vybz Thrusdays

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Today's Daily Word - Saturday, November 28, 2009

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Joy


My soul sings a song of joy.


Many different activities connect me to the joy that is deep within me. Being enveloped by the silence of a snowfall may fill me with quiet joy. Listening to a choir or joining in the singing of my favorite songs may lift my spirits.


The simple touch of a loved one's hand or the gentle support of a caregiver may lighten my heart. Lighting a candle, saying a prayer and blessing a meal can all be sources of joy in my day.


Whatever the activity, I realize joy when my mind is fixed on finding Spirit within each of my experiences. True and lasting joy comes from within--from God, the Source of every joy.


Clap your hands, all you peoples; Â shout to God with loud songs of joy.--Psalm 47:1.Inspired by this message? Want to talk to friends about it? Share your thoughts here.


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Scenes from KLAS School Tour

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PM Lists Gaza/Gully Among Bad Influences on Society

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Prime Minister the Hon. Bruce Golding has listed the current gaza/gully conflict among the negative influences destroying Jamaicans' self-confidence.


"We as a society must unite around some basic principles, some agreement as to what is right and wrong, good and bad; what will uplift and what will destroy. The gully/gaza conflict is just one example of the negative influences that destabilise us as a people and destroy our confidence in ourselves," the Prime Minister said.


Mr. Golding, who was speaking at the Jamaica Labour Party's (JLP) annual conference at the National Arena on Sunday, said that the problem of crime is not just a result of economic difficulties, but was also a product of social disorientation.


He assured Jamaicans, however, that the security forces are intensifying their operational strategies to combat crime and violence.


"The Government is providing all the support it can for the security forces, within the limits of the available resources," he said.


He assured that the work to transform the police force, to root out corruption from within its ranks and to strengthen the dedicated policemen and policewomen who work hard and risk their lives for the public, will continue.


He said that efforts were also being made to build trust among the communities and the police, so that they can become vital partners in the fight against crime.





Muta de pon TV

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Bwoy wi teck in Muta di odda night a talk bout water and wi get di feeling if a sey all di obsess wi a get bout dis spring water ting, it not as clean as we surmise. Still wi find it interesting, him talk to all kind a expert and tings. But dat woan be di ongle ting him a talk bout. Him a guh even deeper inna di water issues cause him a explore why people fraid fi drink pipe water, and why dem tink sey dem caan boil it and drink. Di programme deh pon CVM and it name Simply Muta, it a come every Monday 9:30. According to him him gwine be talking up a lot of tings suh wi kinda intrigued by di fuss one, so wi a guh meck sure gi it a nex’ press Monday night again.





Santa's coming for Garfield's Christmas Wonderland

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Santa will be heading to Jamaica for four fun-filled nights, three of which will be spent on the grounds of Hope Gardens where Garfield's Christmas Wonderland will take place from Friday, December 18 - Sunday, December 20. After that he will take off for Christmas around the world!


That's not the only fun that will be in store for the young and young at heart. Over the three days there will be tonnes of activities for the entire family.


Apart from the Garfield live show that will be done twice per day, there will be live 60-minute theatre (limited seating available). Attractions at the park will include Candy Land, Santa's Village, Scotiabank's interactive children's lounge, KFC Chicky's Land and games, DC Comics cartoon characters, local characters, live Garfield the cat show for kids, rides and games, Honey Bun Ginger Bread House, petting zoo, yoga classes for kids, Coco Jam Lounge, Café Blue Chill Area, face-painting, picture-taking, Chubby's amusement park and Fruta lounge area.


Honey Bun will be pumping up the vibes with eight bears each day of the event and they'll be teaching kids the Hanna Montanna dance, baking with them as well as assisting with a treasure hunt.


Garfield's Christmas Wonderland is sponsored by the Observer, TVJ, KFC and Pizza Hut, Scotiabank, New Line Motors, Jamaica Beverages, ATL, JIIC, JPS, Honey Bun, Marksman, King Alarm, Café Blue, Jamaica Pegasus, ATL, Jamaica Biscuit Company, Tru Juice, Breezes, Trident, Guardsman Group, among others, and is endorsed by the Jamaica Tourist Board, the Ministry of Education and the Child Development Agency.


Limited pre-sold tickets are available at Copy Cat, Training Camp (all locations), Young's Pharmacy in May Pen, In Motion in Mall Plaza, GymKana in Hilton, Broadway Surprise in Clock Tower, Coco Jam in Barbican, Mail Box in Montego Bay.





Bolt to di world!

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Indirectly Ambassador the Hon USain Bolt, OJ will be aiding his home parish Trelawny with the auctioning of a replica of the record-breaking shoes he wore when he posted the terrific times on the board.


The shoes will be auctioned by the Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS) to fund its new LifeSEED's Youth Vision project in Bolt's district of Sherwood Content in Trelawny.


The shoes, now on display at the Renaissance Marriott Hotel in Washington, DC, USA will be auctioned within another two weeks.


President of ICS, Dr. Claire Nelson said that the shoes were designed and donated by Puma and autographed by Bolt.


Dr. Nelson explained that the LifeSEED (Life Skills Empowerment and Entrepreneurial Development) programme seeks to provide young people of the Caribbean with the crucial skills and resources needed to be self-directed, gainfully employed, and equipped to secure their livelihoods and reach their goals.


"We firmly believe that the youth have the strong ability to be productive, thriving, and contributing members of society, if we emphasise the importance of hard work and determination and provide them with vital resources," said Dr. Nelson





Brighter prospect for HIV positive persons

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Things are looking up for those who have tested positive with the HIV virus. They now have access to a special fund – just for them.


The announcement was made in a message delivered by Head of the Ministry of Health's HIV/STI Programme, Dr. Kevin Harvey on behalf of Minister of Health, Hon. Rudyard Spencer, at the launch of World AIDS Day and the HIV/STI Programme's new anti-stigma campaign on Tuesday at Jamaica House in Kingston.


Mr. Spencer highlighted statistics, which show that a number of persons were missing their clinic appointments and their antiretroviral treatment because of lack of bus fare to go to the clinics or a lack of food to take with the medication.


"We have taken steps to address this through an income generating project, which was funded as part of the Global Fund ( to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria) Round 7 Grant to the tune of $70 million. This initiative targets persons living with and affected by HIV/AIDS in low income community settings. It will cater to the self-identified social support needs of these persons in order to improve economic well-being and sustain reliable sources of income," he informed.


Mr. Spencer said the National AIDS Committee will serve as a major recruitment arm through its 14 branches island wide, along with certain entities, including non-governmental organisations with a proven track record of working with persons living with HIV/AIDS and other vulnerable groups.


Grants will be given to an association or group of persons living with or affected by HIV/AIDS, an individual living with or affected by the virus or an individual whose situation makes him vulnerable to contracting the virus.





YardFlex Top 10 Chart

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YardFlex Top 5 Bubblers Chart

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Today's Daily Word - Friday, November 27, 2009

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Sacred Space


In the sacred space of prayer, I am renewed.


Jesus advised us to "pray always." He knew the importance of finding a sacred space where one could retreat from the outer activities of the day and rest in quiet, contemplative prayer.


My sacred space may be a specific room in my home or a favorite garden. It may be a chapel or sanctuary I often visit. I can create a sacred space for myself, whether I retreat to a physical place or to a place in consciousness. The important thing is that I take time to be with God, to rest my mind and body, and to renew my spirit. In my sacred space I relax, breathe deeply and release the cares of the day. I allow the presence of God to fill me in mind, body and soul, and I am renewed.


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Kartel loses his vybz; sinks to a new low

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I think Kartel has lost it. I understand borrowing Mavado's melody and chanting style and trying to make it big for himself this year but what he is doing now is just too disgusting. He has got to a point where he is killing dancehall and destroying the lives of its listeners in da process.


I understand it was hard fi him last year and he had to fight hard to buss again. He tried every trick in da book and most of it worked. Clashing wid di biggest artist of 2008 and copying each one of his moves. Mavado was di first artiste to make a big tune fi an athlete and it was not because Asafa Powell said "gully" but di man just said he liked Mavado's singing style and voice. Now Kartel decided to make a ting called Gaza when Mavado was singing about di Gully side from di start. And even Kartel did sing bout Gully side when he was hanging with Mavado and Bounty Killer. Because him realise how Mavado make it big, he created a rival side to copy every one of Mavado's moves. Kartel used this Gully vs Gaza to the extreme by influencing the biggest artistes in the world to not say he likes Kartel's music but to say he is for Gaza, "the side". These desperate measures are not only destroying Dancehall but destroying Jamaica. Kartel, who used to be da biggest artist in Dancehall has shown dat he cant buss again from just doing music but his career depends on autotune, causing controversy, imitating other artistes, engineering falsehoods and manipulating young and naive aspiring artists.


Recently Kartel sunk to da lowest with the release of the picture of his purported partner and protege performing an oral sexual act to a man who is believed to be Kartel himself. For someone who has made a following and a lot of money through singing songs against such an act (oral sex) and many other evil acts this is disappointing. Who knows how many other things he sings against but still goes on and do? The act which was depicted in that image is one such when one person does it on the other, the one receiving it also has do reciprocate so did the man in the picture bow, after the female played her part of the game?


Prominent members from Kartel's camp have been heard openly condoning dangerous acts such as bleaching and the lady mentioned before has sung a song endorsing it. In a community dat is suffering this is uncalled for and Kartel and his camp need to be held responsible for their actions. Oh, and by the way, this is camp which our distinguished athlete chooses to endorse. I don’t encourage him to endorse any of the two but rather to say musics.
People see him as an ambassador. Mi bredda, you are like a diplomat and what you are doing right now no make you name look good.






TEMPO TURNS FOUR… possibly no more.

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The kick off of the TEMPO anniversary was held in St. Croix but the fourth edition did not come in that tough. Yardflex was bombarded with calls regarding the TT4 show. Inside sources told Yardflex that the Govenor of Virgin Islands put in USD $300,000 to help get the Tempo show off the ground. Despite those high figures how ever, staff members and those helping with the show were not paid. In fact, workers from channel 12 were hired to the do the event and no craft service were provided until they later complained. Spectators who came out stood in the rain well into the early hours in the morning for Shabba Ranks but the show which was already lacking in vibes, was killed by long speeches by Mr. Tempo (The same speech given at every Tempo event so far). Shabba’s performance was far from his usual that we have grown to know and love. First off, Shabba was on tracks – no band. Shabba did not hit the stage until just after 5am to a minimal crowd and actually ended his set early by throwing down the mic. As usual TEMPO had a rather similar line up for their anniversary including the main talent Frederick Morton Jr. and his protégé Ziggy Rankin. Tarrus Riley did his best given nature of the show.


Many insiders say since losing their original frontline (Jah Bami, Lydia Patel Empress Jeanille, Anuscha, Jabba and Dahved Levy) that the life of the channel has simply gone. Rumors are going around St. Croix and throughout the Caribbean that this Tempo Turns 4 may be their last edition. What remains positive is their Badness Outta Style campaigns which aims to unify the region and eradicate violence would not have been possible without the vision of Mr. King. We’ll see what happens in Grenada.





Today's Daily Word - Thursday, November 26, 2009

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Thanksgiving


I savor God's blessings.


Today is the perfect day to appreciate the many blessings in my life. I pray a prayer of thanksgiving, expressing gratitude for each beloved friend and family member, each special tradition, each lovingly prepared plate of food.


Whether I am enjoying a Thanksgiving feast or a quiet meal, I stop for a moment to give thanks for my sustenance, for the opportunity to serve and for another day of health and well-being.


I give thanks for this day as a day of peace, a day of oneness, a day of celebration and a day of love. I am blessed beyond measure.
You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, who has dealt wondrously with you.--Joel 2:26
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Tarrus Riley - Love's Contagious

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Scenes from Sting Launch 2009

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Scenes from Boasey Tuesdays

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Lisa Hype get a birthday beating

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People inna di street have it fi seh the real First Lady of di Gaza di have a hell beaten line up fi Lisa Hype, but di President put in on himself. Some people a call it ‘domestic dispute’, and say she never really get no big big lick fi send har go hospital, is just a lickle touch up. But whateva dem waan call it, a still di same ting, she get a buss ass, right inna her birthday week to. But at leasti t never bad like the beaten what people say Jahvinci get, but him say him neva get. Lisa Hype haffi go try do something fi get back inna her boss good book cause da Christmus yah nah look too pretty fi her pon di Gaza.





Rest In Peace, Squingy

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YardFlex sends out our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the late Bass Odyssey selector, Kevin ‘Squingy’ Bennett.


He had been ailing for some time, passed away Tuesday morning, while a patient at a hospital in Tampa, Florida.


According to a Bass Odyssey release, "Squingy was a legend, a product of natural, raw talent. It is with much grief that we must inform the public that he is no longer among us.


"At 6:40 am on Tuesday November 24, we were informed of his death in a hospital in Tampa, Florida. It is reported that his lungs collapsed which led to the failure of his other organs."


Just last week, news surface that Squingy was critically ill and had been hospitalised. According to the statement from the sound system, "A little over five years ago, he was diagnosed with a terminal illness. Although there is no cure he had been receiving adequate treatment in both Jamaica and the United States. At this time we extend gratitude to those who have helped us to support and maintain Squingy's life until now as that in itself is a miracle from the Almighty."


“Squingy was a proud, loyal and dedicated member of the Bass Odyssey family "who bravely fought this obstacle to the final second and lived his life to the fullest in light of the surrounding circumstances".


"We appeal to the true Squingy friends and family, the loyal Bass Odyssey fans and supporters of the music that effort be made to preserve his important legacy and contribution. Let us bury the man as a legend.


"We maintain that we have always supported Squingy and the entire staff and in extension Alexandria community have stood by his side 100 per cent. Keith Walford and Kirky C are making the necessary arrangements to ship his body to Jamaica where he will receive an honourable burial.”


Date and place will be announced soon.





But a whey Laing a offer inna di Sky Box

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Everybody waa know a wha Laing a offer people inna di Sky Box why di ticket price set a US $5000. No sah dat sound like him waan use dat dey money pay di artistes dem and den kip di gate receipts. Tink bout it US$5000 per person a over $400,000 Jamaican fi one night…a whey dem a guy eat and drink suh? Mi head a hurt mi.





Lawks!!!

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Mr G really a guh clash wid dancehall clown LA Lewis? Lawks a mercy, mi nearly drop dung when mi si di section inna di Sting lineup name Dancehall Face Off and LA Lewis and Mr G face pop up. But a wha kina careless date eh. A pure laughing di people dem did a duh a di launch.





What a bag a confusion

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Sting 2009 have dem big launch a di Pegasus Bar lounge last night and mi a tell yuh mi nearly faint. Cause di place pack nuh hell and everyting did come een like a one big bag a confusion. People cram up, yuh caan walk free, di likkle area just chuck up suh. Fi real after twenty odd years a dis ting you woulda tink sey every year di launch woulda get hotter and hotter.





Today's Daily Word - Wednesday, November 25, 2009

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Protected


The presence and power of God protect my loved ones and me.


God is everywhere present--within me and those I hold dear. If I am concerned about something or someone, I release my concern and rest in the comforting presence of divine love and light. Letting tension fall away, I allow my faith to well up as the assurance of God's presence.


Placing my faith in the power of God, I am safe, secure and protected. I affirm this truth for my family, friends and community, for God is our indwelling power and protective shield. Confident and at peace, I am free to fully engage in the activities of this day and to sleep well as day becomes night, for I know the presence and power of God protect me and my loved ones.


Our soul waits for the Lord; he is our help and shield. --Psalm 33:20
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Scenes from Uptown Mondays

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Despite reports that Dancehall deejay Vybz Kartel has rejected rival deejay Mavado's olive branch by turning down his birthday party invitation, Kartel maintains that he is willing to put aside differences with his arch-musical-rival to call for an end to violence associated with the Gaza/Gully feud, particularly among high school students.


Both artists have been slammed by the local media, as reports of increasing violence at local schools between fans of the Portmore, or 'Gaza,' Empire led by Vybz Kartel and the Gully Squad led by Mavado continue to flood the news, causing even the government to be concerned about mounting social tensions stemming from the feud between the two entertainers.


On Friday, the Jamaica Star newspaper reported that Mavado was calling for an end to the Gaza/Gully war by inviting Vybz Kartel to attend his birthday party at Temple Hall on December 5th. The paper stated that Mavado's management said they wanted to publicly invite Kartel to make peace once and for all, as a show of unity to the nation.


"I will not be able to attend (Mavado's event) due to previously planned engagements," states Adidja 'Vybz Kartel' Palmer invitation, citing commitments to Usain Bolt's 9.58 SuperParty and an event in Linstead on the same night. "What I think is the best way to solidify in the minds of the children that this Gaza/Gully feud is merely music, is not to accommodate a historic 'burning of the peace pipe' at a commercial, adult oriented event, but rather in the high schools where bouts of violence due to our feuding are most prominent," states Kartel "When a date for that is set, I will readily appear."


Vybz Kartel has repeatedly spoken out against violence within the island's schools, condemning the sale of 'Gaza buttons' and other paraphernalia depicting violent images of the feud in Corporate Area Schools earlier this month. This year, Vybz Kartel has released the singles "Teenage Pregnancy" with Portmore Empire artist Gaza Kim, and the "Schooler's Anthem" with Gaza Kim and fellow Empire artist Jah Vinci, bringing awareness to social issues affecting teens and encouraging them to stay in school.





You ever si mi dying trial!?

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By Rootzgirl


Now I’ve seen and heard it all! Yesterday I was reading the Star and I had to read again to make sure I wasn’t reading doubles. It is alleged that two thieves are in hospital after falling from an ackee tree in which they clashed after meeting up on each other.


Now bear with me here, first of all the tree doan belong to neither of them, so considering both were trespassing, why couldn’t they just pick their ackees and go their way…and hope of course that the owner didn’t catch any of them!


No that didn’t happen, according to the paper on Saturday, the two men had a fight while in the fruit tree and eventually fell a number of feet crashing to the ground and ending up in hospital with injuries.


Neither of the men lived at the yard in which the tree is located.


According to Corporal Desmond Samuels of the St Mary police, the men are well known for preying on fruit trees in sections of the parish.


Reports are that about 4 p.m., one of the men made his way on to a premises at Castleton in the parish and began climbing the ackee tree.


The owner of the home was reportedly at work at the time. The thief was surprised by another man who was already in the tree.


The police said residents heard the men arguing over who should stay and who should leave.


With both men adamant on filling their scandal bags, a fight then ensued as the men displayed their agility by swinging from limb to limb and throwing blows at each other.


"A number of persons from the community came out to see the two men in action. The men actually fought each other and were still in the tree," the corporal told the paper.


What seemed a bit of humour at first, got scary after the two men fell from the tree.


After falling both men could only cry out for help and could not move.


The same residents who were laughing at first, had to scramble for transportation to take the men to hospital where they remained up to yesterday.


Honestly, this is getting ridiculous, hanging from tree limbs, fighting, I have to imagine that they thought they were Superman and Spiderman.


Oh boy, holla at us with your views.





Bounty ‘addi Teacha’ at Hennessey Artistry

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If addiction to Hennessey separates the real man dem from the boys, then it was a case of “nuff man deh yah” at the Cable & Wireless Golf Academy on Saturday night. The beloved ‘Henny’, as it is called with reverence by dancehall addicts and others, was naturally the drink of choice and, bwoy, did it ever flow!


Some say it was the Henny that loosened Bounty’s tongue and had the deejay in a mood almost as black as his clothes and spitting fire at all and sundry. The Killer was ‘di Teacha’ and there was no stopping him.


“The other day I read a headline that said ‘Bleaching Crisis’. Oonu know what the word ‘crisis’ mean?” asked Teacher Pryce, after which he went on to provide the definition. Of course, his anti-bleaching campaign was directed at his nemesis Vybz Kartel, the Gaza president who is accused of bleaching out his skin.


The Killer performed his song, Can’t Believe Mi Eyes and changed up one line to comment, “Mi cyan believe say Kartel really a bleach.” Rodney ‘Bounty Killer” Pryce, was in a no-nonsense mood and made it known. “Parents have a responsibility to bring up their children proper but artistes have a responsibility to sing good songs,” said the Alliance head honcho. He was critical of those who were wearing their pants “under dem batty” and, believe it or not, he also cried shame on the males who wear tight pants.


In between his lessons to his eager ‘students’, Bounty delivered a slew of songs from his extensive repertoire . He dismissed Kartel ‘s intended diss, through a release sent to the press on the weekend in which he called the Killer a ‘dinosaur’.


In addition to Bounty, Lady Saw and Queen Ifirica represented well. Beenie was not his usual high energy self, and Ele, in a surprise move, brought on stage Gully girl, Ishawna, the inspiration for one of Vybz Kartel’s popular songs. Both she and Ele got very cosy on stage as they performed a steamy song they recently recorded.


At the end of their performance, Ele declared that First Lady Ishawna buss. We look forward to seeing them on Sting.





Today's Daily Word - Tuesday, November 24, 2009

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Pass It On


I share from the abundance of God.


What do a sincere compliment, a useful idea and a usable piece of furniture or household item have in common? They are each something of value I can share with others. As I do, I make room in my life for more.


My giving ripples outward. What I give continues to be passed on as a perpetual blessing of love from one person to another. We all participate in the stream of consciousness in which giving and receiving are a way of life. We share in the abundance of God available to every person, everywhere.


"Give, and it will be given to you." These words guide me in living and sharing an abundant life.


Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap.--Luke 6:38
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Scenes from Passion Sundays

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Scences from Wet Sundays

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Ele high unda Ishawna?

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What really a gwaan wid Ele and and Ishawna. A how di two a dem so lovey dovey pon stage and a wine up wine up and all these tings ova di Henny party Saturday night? Bout di two a dem go inna studio and record two new song together. To rhatid, everybody is a singer or a deejay. And Ele all a call up Foota name. We all hear Ele a style up Ishawna as di first lady and a say how she buss now. But a coulda what this? Look out fi di two a dem pon Sting.





Lisa Hype party still a go keep Thursday?

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So like how the Gaza president nuh inna nutten wid Lisa Hype, what a go happen to her birthday party. People a say it look like it nah go can keep cause a pere bawling she still deh pon and plus she and her boss no inna nutten right now. But a wha she coulda did do so fi mek her boss a treat har so? At least him coulda did wait till after di girl have her birthday bashment fi expose dem dirty deeds.





A nuh gangsta behaviour dat

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A dat a di message Mavado send to Kartel pon stage ova Hennessey on Saturday. And everybody know what him was talking about. We nuh know how Gaza a go live dung di ya one. It’s not pretty at all. Di other three Gaza princess dem better tek sleep and mark death cause you know how these tings go. These sex pictures like company -- remember Milk and Candace? And it come in like seh one mix-up monkey let loose ya now, so all di gangster and gangstress dem who know dem hide and lick better be prepared fi di judgement when dem picture release.





Mavado reaches out but…

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According to a story in the Star Mavado and his team are reaching out to Vybz Kartel for him to perform on his birthday bash, scheduled to take place on Saturday, December 5 at Temple Hall Estate.


But come to think of it, why would they think that Kartel would pass up the chance to perform on the Bolt’s Super 9.58 party – the athletics hero who publicly sanctioned Kartel as his DJ?


Fi real man use another occasion to make peace, how about doing a combination single and doing a song that tell the schoolers to stop the separation with the Gully/Gaza foolishness.





We want Reneto

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A wha dem a deal wid, wha meck dem nah consider Reneto Adams fi di post a Commissioner of Police. Fi real man, wi tink sey him coulda do a very good job.When all is said and done, him look like him can handle tings. But den again, wi caan si di government a put Reneto inna dat dey position, but is a pity dough…it woulda be nice di effect him woulda have pon di country.





Bring in the JDF!

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Honestly I was watching the news on TVJ and I had to smile when IO saw The Jamaica Defense Force (JDF), Chief of Defense Staff, Major General Stewart Saunders on the news. It is his view that the soldiers should be called in to handle the hot spots as Police cannot deal with it.


What does the country have to lose by bring them in? Not a thing, if he thinks that they can sort things out, then the government should have been hastily trying to prove him right.


Crime is at an all time high in Jamaica, one have to wonder just what it will take to see peace at last in the country. I smiled at his statement because I wondered if they really know what they would be getting into…but still the thought of peace at last was enough to keep the smile on my face.


I hope Bruce is paying attention and as I write, I hope he is already drafting a proposal for them.l Let’s see how this one plays out nuh. What do you think…is the colonel right?





Marley to wear richest dead celebrity crown?

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Reggae icon Bob Marley died 28 years ago and he is poised to challenge Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson for the title of richest dead celebrity, according to a story in Fortune.


Hilco Consumer Capital, a Toronto-based private-equity firm has struck a management deal with the Marley estate, which is expected to generate worldwide annual sales in excess of $1 billion by 2012. That seems like a huge number, but by some estimates the Marley name, sound, and image already generate as much as $600 million in pirated merchandise.


Mickey Goodman, a professional marketer and professor at New York University's Stern School of Business, is quoted as saying that Marley is a strong global brand who enjoys a high level of awareness.


Major licensing agreements for the Marley brand are about to be launched in two key areas: consumer electronics -- including headphones, docking stations, and speakers -- and health care, which will likely feature skin-care products and herbal supplements. Also in the works, according to Hilco, are deals for a Marley-branded calming beverage, a video game similar to Guitar Hero featuring Marley's songs, and a chain of restaurants celebrating the music superstar.


Could this be commercial overkill for the Rastafarian whose spiritual songs about social injustice, hope, and redemption have become anthems for billions of fans, from Marrakech to Tokyo, and will it alienate them?


"This is not just about money," says Jamie Salter, Hilco's chief executive. "We have to believe in the people and products we partner with." Salter adds that the Marley estate will have final say on all business ventures, and that charities will figure into the overall mix of Marley branding.


Licensing of dead celebrities is an industry that has exploded in the last decade, thanks in large part to the proliferation of websites and blogs devoted to their memory. Typically, an estate receives 10% to 15% of gross proceeds from a licensing deal, which in this case will be divided between Hilco and the Marley family.


However, at a conservative 10%, licensing fees from $1 billion in annual sales should pull in about $100 million for Hilco and the Marleys. That tops the latest figures reported for Presley ($55 million), John Lennon ($15 million), and Jimi Hendrix ($8 million).


Michael Jackson -- who is worth more dead than alive with an estimated $90 million in earnings in the last 12 months -- appears to be Marley's nearest rival for the richest-dead-celebrity crown.


But the danger of operating the Marley marketing machine in overdrive is that it could irreparably harm the natural mystic's image. Some brand experts now view Elvis as more of a caricature than icon as a result of overexposure.


For Sanjay Sood, director of the Entertainment & Media Management Institute at UCLA, there's one question to ask: If Marley were alive today, would he want his name associated with a particular product? "A lot of artists would say 'no,'" says Sood. "Otherwise, they would have done it when they were alive."


Salter of Hilco says the Marley brand has a long way to go before reaching saturation, noting he also considered doing business with the Dean Martin, Marilyn Monroe, and Jimi Hendrix estates, but settled on the Rastafarian from Trench Town, Jamaica, because that's where he says he saw the biggest potential.


There has never been a better time, it seems, to be a dead celebrity -- or perhaps, more precisely, the heir to a dead celebrity's name.





Etana Invades the UK

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Top Reggae songstress Etana invaded the United Kingdom last week to promote three hot singles from her yet to be titled sophomore release: "August Town," "Free" and "Happy Heart." On her highly anticipated visit, Etana was warmly greeted by fans and leading radio personalities.Just 24 hours after shooting the video for "Free" in Jamaica, Etana landed in UK and jump started an intense radio blitz. Etana's first interview was with none other than the legendary David Rodigan at London's famed Kiss FM, followed by an interview with BBC Radio 4. Etana was provided with the unique opportunity of reaching a very wide audience with her interview on BBC Radio 4, a mostly news-formatted (non-music) station that is considered BBC Radio's flagship. The station was extremely interested in interviewing Etana because of her crossover appeal.


The soulful crooner also had a slew of memorable in-studio interviews with top radio jocks like Robo Ranx and Silver Star of BBC Radio 1xtra and Daddy Ernie of Choice FM. As Etana traveled from town to town, each area claimed a different Etana song that they loved. In addition to commercial radio stations, Etana visited and interviewed with over 20 pirate stations through out the UK. The demand to interview Etana was great, which ensured her UK experience was fully loaded. Much to Etana's credit, fans inundated the airwaves for a chance to talk with her.


"The DJs were so surprised to see me hand delivering my new music," says Etana.


"Most of them thought that we were here for a show.....no one believed that we were promoting new singles without having a show."


"The Strong One's" latest singles perfectly display three distinct moods of her musical talent. "Happy Heart" is a gem of a love song and "Free" is an inspirational track, bursting with emotion. Meanwhile, on the other side of the spectrum, "August Town" addresses social issues surrounding Garrison communities. All three tracks are hard hitting and have been embraced in the UK. "We decided to push these three singles because Etana's next album will boast diversity," says Garfield "Chin" Bourne of Irish and Chin. "It will feature the best in Roots, Rock, Reggae and Dubwise. And an array of other music genre will be explored."


Irish and Chin, Etana's management team, has set up a very intense promotional tour to further push Etana's new singles. Promotional efforts include videos for each single and heavy radio, tv and print media blitzes in key Reggae markets. Etana's next stop will be in St. Vincent and surrounding islands, followed by a U.S. run.


Etana's groundbreaking debut Strong One (VP Records) was heralded by critics and fans alike, receiving several noteworthy accolades and awards. Based on the vibes from the latest music, there is no doubt that Etana's follow up effort will elevate her fresh brand of soul Reggae even higher.





Today's Daily Word - Monday, November 23, 2009

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Personal Best


I am grateful for who I am and the life I am leading.


My achievements and shortcomings are not tallied on a giant scorecard. But at times, I may become preoccupied with my personal goals and comparing myself to others. As I stop judging and start appreciating my efforts, the burden of incessant striving falls away.
When I see myself as God sees me, I am whole and perfect. I adopt this point of view, and I am released from the grip of my ego. I know that I am doing and being my best. By choosing to focus on all that is delightful, my life suddenly seems easier. I am moving forward rather than holding myself back. I am creating the life I desire, becoming more aware of my blessings and living in joy.


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Today's Daily Word - Sunday, November 22, 2009

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Harmony


My life is a blessing of peace and harmony.


I begin this day with harmony in my thoughts and feelings. I am calm in mind and body. Through all of my activities, I stay attuned to my feelings and emotions. The moment I feel anxious or afraid, I consider that God's peace is always here for me. I stop, breathe deeply and claim God's peace as my own. My emotions calm.


As I bring a supportive sense of calm to my interactions with others, I am guided to right thought and actions. I experience peace and harmony in my relationships.


As I bring greater harmony to my world, turbulent relationships are healed and fulfilling new relationships begin. My life is a blessing of peace and harmony.


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Scenes from Street Vybz Thrusdays

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Scenes from KLAS School Tour

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Today's Daily Word - Saturday, November 21, 2009

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Healing Presence



I am healed in body, mind and soul.


Healing comes in many forms and in many ways. Some wounds heal quickly and visibly, like the physical healing of a scratch or a burn. Other wounds may take more time to heal. A broken heart, a troubled life or a dampened spirit requires a greater depth of healing--healing of my body, mind and soul.


Every need for healing is an invitation to turn within to God for guidance and direction. As I enter into the silence to meditate and pray, I connect with the Source of both my physical and spiritual healing. I am guided to the ways of strength and wholeness. I receive the most vital and lasting form of health: the healing of my soul.


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YardFlex Hot Charts

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Curtains to come down on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2011

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CHICAGO, Nov 20, 2009 (AFP) - A tearful Oprah Winfrey on Friday announced that she will take her iconic talk show off the air in 2011 at the end of its 25th season.


“I love this show. This show has been my life and I love it enough to know when it’s time to say goodbye,” Winfrey told viewers at the end of her live broadcast.


“Twenty five years feels right in my bones and it feels right in my spirit. It’s the perfect number, the exact right time.”
“The Oprah Winfrey Show,” which is currently syndicated in 145 countries, has transformed Winfrey, 55, into a cultural phenomenon.
She is credited with changing the way people talk to each other, having popularized a confessional interview style that has coaxed secrets, revelations and often tears from guests of all stripes.
She is known as an almost uniquely influential tastemaker, whose recommendation of a book or product has instantaneous and enormous effect.


Born into a life of abuse and poverty in Mississippi, Winfrey is now estimated to be worth 2.7 billion dollars and is regularly ranked among the world’s most powerful women, celebrities and media personalities.


“I certainly never could have imagined the yellow brick road of blessing that have led me to this moment with you,” Winfrey said Friday.


There was speculation that she had decided to focus on her television channel called OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network -- a joint venture between Winfrey and Discovery Communications set to replace the Discovery Health Channel in about 70 million US homes.


While originally scheduled to air in 2010, getting the cable channel launched has proved “challenging” due to “management turnover and an uncertain advertising climate,” the New York Times reported.


It is now scheduled to air in January 2011, but Winfrey, who will produce some shows and also make appearances, does not plan to bring her talk show, the Times reported.


Oprah did not tell viewers what she plans to do next but warned them that the speculation in the press “will mostly be conjecture”.
First broadcast in 1985, “The Oprah Winfrey Show” show has served as the foundation for an empire that spans books, radio, magazines and the Internet and has launched the careers of other television celebrities, including popular US counselor Dr. Phil and chef Rachel Ray.


Her support was estimated by University of Maryland researchers to have brought in a million additional votes and helped Obama win both the Democratic nomination and the presidency.
Winfrey began her own production company in 1985 and named it Harpo -- her name backwards -- and Forbes magazine declared her the first female African-American billionaire in 2003.





Female jurors accused of bribery appear in court

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The two female jurors who are at the centre of a bribery scandal that has rocked the justice system appeared for the first time before the Clarendon Circuit Court Thursday.


Twenty-five year old model Verona Samuels of Free Town and her co accused 43 year old domestic helper Natalie Sill of Jacob Hut were slapped with charges of contempt of court.


They appeared before High Court judge, Justice Brian Sykes who ordered that they be remanded.


The case involved a man who was being tried for murder in the Clarendon Circuit Court.


According to reports Ms Samuels who was the foreman in the case, approached the accused man's mother and informed her that for a fee, she could influence other jurors to return a 'not-guilty' verdict.


The foreman allegedly told the woman to pay her $100,000 in exchange.


On Monday afternoon, the accused man's mother met Ms. Samuels and a second juror, Ms. Sill, at a popular eatery in downtown May Pen where the cash drop was to be made.


The mother reportedly turned up with half of the sum and was in the process of handing the money over when police swooped down on the pair.


A new date has been set for the trial to recommence and new jurors are to be empanelled to hear the case.


What can we say the justice system stinks! I wonder how the jury selecting process goes. Do they put them through a question and answer session, to gage their views on some issues or is it a case of whosoever they get serve on the panel of jurors.





Delay in Harry Daley’s verdict

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For those who were waiting with bated breath to find out popular cop Harry ‘Bungles’ Daley fate then they will have to wait some more are the verdict hearing has been put off to December 16. Daley is on trial for allegedly breaching the Corruption Prevention Act. Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey told the court she was unable to come to a verdict because she was unable to properly view the evidence of the case due to her being ill. "Unfortunately I am not ready to let you hear my verdict ... I was feeling ill and was not in a good mood to properly examine the evidence ...," said Pusey.


So it’s until Wednesday, December 16 for some sort of closure to that situation.





Rescue the music before it’s too late

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These days an album making it to the Reggae Billboard chart doesn’t mean a thing. The album can sell just 400 units and make the chart. That’s saying a lot about the state of Reggae/Dancehall music. Maybe artistes should start taking note of the growing trend and step up to the plate with the kind of materials they are unleashing on the market.


While Vybz Kartel and Mavado may be taking over the airwaves in Jamaica with their trashy songs in the greater world they are nobodies.


If they want to make it into the international arena…and contrary to what some believe USA is not the world. There are still tons of people out there who enjoy good conscious songs. Which is why some conscious acts here in Jamaica who we have never heard their songs permeating the airwaves are touring like mad on the international circuit despite the lack of acceptance on their home turf.


We created a good thing, but if we don’t operate on the big sore the music is turning out to be then it will be too late to salvage what’s left of something that has touched the whole world.





Today's Daily Word - Friday, November 20, 2009

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Attentive


I demonstrate God's love by being attentive.


Today I am attentive to the many ways I can be of service to others. I make time to visit a family member who has been ill or a friend who is grieving. I help a neighbor find a lost pet or attend to a child who needs a special moment of care or attention. I welcome opportunities to be of service, and I am rewarded with experiences that uplift me and others.


I tenderly offer my care, patiently give my time and thoughtfully demonstrate God's love by being attentive to the needs of others. As I serve, I receive even more. Seeing a smile returned fills me with appreciation. Any gift or attention I may have given to another blesses me abundantly in return.


Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights.--James 1:17
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Blind, 93-y-o man chopped to death

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The usually peaceful community of Wheelerfield in Golden Grove, St Thomas, was rocked on Wednesday by the murder of a blind, 93-year-old pensioner.


Residents have condemned the killing of Albert Milliner, who was reportedly chopped to death by unknown assailants.


The police report that the dead man, who also goes by the names “Butty” and “Liquor Back” had chop wounds to the forehead and had been roobed.


Reports are that one of Milliner’s friend went to visit him and discovered his lifeless body.


“He was a harmless old man who could not hurt a fly. Him just love run up him mouth so even if them rob him, them never have to kill the poor man,” one resident said.


According to another, “These things don’t happen in Golden Grove. We don’t want them kind of people among us and we believe say is people come from outside come do them things,” the resident said.
Police say they have not identified any suspects in the murder.


Milliner’s death comes less thatn a week after another senior citizen was killed when her house was firebombed in Portmore, St Catherine. Iris Brown who was 90 years-old and bed ridden died after warring gangs torched her house in Newlands, Portmore last Saturday.





Scences from Weddy Weddy

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Kartel large!

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Bwoy di biggest talk on the streets is not the fact that Lisa Hype was caught going down on Vybz Kartel, but it is the fact that he is really blessed! Yeah man a whole heap a woman a sey him never did a lie inna di song whey him do sey him c—ky longer dan him nine. Fi real from di look a tings him really did a talk di truth.


And di nex’ ting whey dem a talk hard bout is that di Gaza man teck it hands down when it come to armed with the right size tool fi di job, dem all a wonder if Mavado caan measure up. Dem Vybz dey a lead yah now, cause him a guh hard wid di music and when it come to having the right size tool fi di job…well …unno done si di image pon whole heap a di site dem. But a how Lisa Hype never choke dough eeh?





Scenes from Boasey Tuesdays

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Today's Daily Word - Thursday, November 19, 2009

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Pray for Others


I see all people through the eyes of God.


I am easily moved to pray for those I hold dear, especially when one is hurting in some way. "I will pray for you" rolls naturally off my tongue. As I pray, I connect with that individual in Spirit and in love.


It may not come as easily to me to open my heart and pray for those who have treated me or someone else harshly. But I know that every soul deserves the upliftment of prayer. All of us carry a spark of the Christ Light. It is there for me to see if I see as God sees.


When I release any unforgiving thoughts or hostility, I allow God's grace and wisdom to pour through me. As I focus on the goodness in all people, I feel deep compassion. In prayer, I help create a space where all are healed, including me.


Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.--Matthew 5:44
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Sean Paul talk up di tings

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Sean Paul was on a rampage on Nikki Z's programme as he reacted to negative criticisms aimed at his latest project.

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LISA HYPE IN LIVE AND BLEACHING COLOUR

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WHOI! Mi body, da one ya connect, yu never see smoke widout fire. Mi hear say Lisa Hype and Milk did a par nuff over the Bahamas the other day and see it de, as dem come back, big scandal buss wid Lisa Hype ah deep throat a black cocky. People, anno video, ah just picture, but it up and live and big inna living bleach out colour. Whoi, mi pum pum ah squeeze me, it ah drop out. YARDFLEX buss again! Weh the one did Gaza Indu de? But people, yu nuh see how Lisa Hype ah struggle wid the Gaza Pole inna her mouth. Ah now the man dem ah go love her! Lisa Hype, yu career get HYPER!





What’s going on?

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By Rootzgirl


Last night while watching the news my attention was drawn to the story about a 52-year-old man who was beaten by resident of Kiloncoly District in St Mary.


Now what was so disturbing about the news is the fact that this man has been known to be fooling around little girls and little boys.


What eventually lead to his being beaten is the fact that he was in a house with a 16-year-old boy. His relative was looking for him and was drawn to strange sounds coming from the house.


The youth eventually came out and was seeing fixing his pants. Minutes later the elder man came out, it was then that an alarm was raised and he was pounced on by residents.


At a time when we are reading about being more sensitive to homosexuals and they are pushing for their rights…I have to ask the question, what rights do they want?


Do they want the right to corrupt your children, introducing them to a lifestyle they haven’t taken the time to think about?


The right to corrupt young girls and mess them up before they have a chance to mature?


The right to use a man or woman to hide the fact that they really gays?


What’s really going on? How come I am not hearing as loud a noise from the straight community as the homos are making?


Honestly, I wish someone would holla at me and tell me what’s really going on.





Order of Distinction or Order of Duttiness

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Jackass sey di world nuh level and a true. Look much respectable people yuh have out deh fi receive Order of Distinction and sometimes dem select some people whey nah set no example fi di youths dem and wuss when it come to dem people relationship it stink to high heaven.


Yuh have some whey step cross di lawn and receive dem OD (well in a fi dem case a Order of Duttiness) cause dem treat some a dem employees wuss dan dawgs and di poor employees dem nuh have nuh rights most a di times. And when dem open dem mouth fi chat dem tell dem sey dem can always find a next job…cause dem know sey job scarce and dem hold a stick over dem head.


Den yuh have di case in point a dis well know genius whey dem gi OD di odda day. Him have a wife whey live a Miami and dem married from Johnny was a bwoy and it look like him just ketch him age cause him have a son whey him 20-year-old bear him. Wi understand sey him and she mash up and him teck up a nex young ting.


Him wife fly in and discover di birth paper and call him fi ask him whey a gwaan. She ask if di marriage done and him sey “yes star it done!” just like dat brap.


No sah people caan cold suh…a just one ting we waan ask, when yuh get OD shouldn’t there be some kind a emphasis on good levity, morals and a stable family life? Mi nuh know…mi just a sey!





Member of Parliament dad beaten

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Member of Parliament Sharon Hay-Webster’s dad Lloyd Hay is in hospital after being robbed of money and his licensed firearm on Monday.


According to police reports at about 12:30, Hay, 82, had just locked up his business place in Guy's Hill, St Catherine, and went home. There, he was pounced upon by men who beat him severely and took the firearm and an undetermined sum of money from him. .


The Guy's Hill police said they have not identified any suspects; however, their investigations continue.





Today's Daily Word - Wednesday, November 18, 2009

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Forgive

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I am filled with peace as I choose to forgive.


There may be times in my life when I feel I have been wronged by family, friends or coworkers. This is a perception I can either hold on to or change. My perceptions can either pull me down or lift me higher. They can either serve me or limit me--the choice is mine.


I choose today to have a positive perception. I choose to focus on the blessings in my life instead of the hurts or anxieties. I choose to adopt an attitude of forgiveness rather than one of resentment. I choose to release the past, forgive and move forward.


As I forgive, I experience the peace and power of God's love at work in me and in my life. Through forgiveness, I am at one with God, and I am at peace.


Anyone whom you forgive, I also forgive.–2 Corinthians 2:10
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Scenes from Uptown Mondays

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Uptown Mondays raided helicopter style

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It was about 2:30 this morning when police swooped down on popular weekly dancehall session, Uptown Mondays, blocking off all access to Constant Spring Road and, with a helicopter hovering in the air, searched all patrons and carted away some in waiting trucks.


This makes the second time this year that Uptown Mondays has been raided by the cops, but this morning’s action was more intense than previous raids.


According to Yardflex sources, the police were searching for wanted men and guns, none of which were found.


“A gun and wanted man dem looking for, but we don’t have nothing like that round here,” the source said.


Reports are that approximately 70 persons were placed in the vehicles and taken away to be processed. Among those who were initially placed in the truck, but were released on the spot are selectors Boom Boom, who was at the turntable and Foota Hype, who was in the crowd. The promoter allegedly tried to secure on-the-spot release for rising artiste, Rikki Tikki, who was the man of the night.


“Bwoy, Rikki Tikki got the most pull up during a special segment at Uptown Mondays where new artistes are premiered. Him song bad, it buss the place and di people gwaan fi it. And then fi know say him get put inna truck,” one patron commented.


The raid was carried out by Caribbean Search, JDF and the police and reports are that all the men who were rounded up have subsequently been released. None of the females present at the dance were carried away.


According to the organizers of Uptown Mondays, “The promoter regrets the inconvenience and took it up on himself to go to the processing venue and assist patrons in whatever way he could. We always weather the storm and we will be back next week,”, they promise.





Today's Daily Word - Tuesday, November 17, 2009

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Divine Order


I am at peace in the midst of this divine-order day.


Whether I find myself in a busy home or a thriving workplace, my environment may seem chaotic at times. If I feel stress building within me, I know my perspective needs adjusting. I take a deep breath and quiet my thoughts. As I become centered, I am able to see my experiences differently. I look at my life and the world around me with fresh eyes.


I see divine order at work in the system of life and activity that is flourishing around me. And I am divinely equipped to do what is mine to do. I have the time, talent and resources I need to contribute in meaningful ways. I am centered and calm, peaceful and poised, in the midst of this divine-order day.


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Scenes from Passion Sundays

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Scenes from Wet Sundays

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L A Lewis talk up di tings

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Bwoy what a piece a almshouse Winford Williams carry out Onstage man. Big and serious him really common out him programme when him gi LA Lewis suh much time fi talk bout him conflict with Mr G. But the thing that really crack mi up is when him sey him dere to address Mr G Brochure…now mi nuh know how dat word fit in, but mi assume it have something to do with the allegations whey Mr G did meck di week before. Plus him a talk bout di ongle way Mr G can get whey off di charges is if him agree to clash him at Sting on Boxing Day. Now Laing coulda suh careless fi set up dat…well unless him waan provide comic relief fi di Sting massive dem. Lawks, a week. If a laugh a pop up.





Beenie Man concerts axed in Australia & NZ

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All of Beenie Man's Australian and New Zealand concert dates have been cancelled. This follows protests by gay rights groups, including the Australian Coalition for Equality. It also follows representations to the tour organisers by Peter Tatchell of OutRage!, acting on behalf of the international Stop Murder Music campaign.


“These concert cancellations will hit Beenie Man hard in the pocket. He has lost tens of thousands of dollars. The success of this campaign sends a warning message to all murder music artists: inciting homophobic violence will cost you money. You will lose out big time,” said Mr Tatchell.


Beenie Man had been scheduled to perform in January 2010 at Big Day Out concerts in the Australian cities of Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth and in the New Zealand city of Auckland.


The organisers have now confirmed that he will not be in the concert line-up: http://www.bigdayout.com/news/pressreleases.php?PressReleaseId=52


Big Day Out organiser, Susan Forrester contacted Peter Tatchell of the gay rights group OutRage! seeking his advice on whether to go ahead with the Beenie Man booking.


Mr Tatchell replied to her, urging Big Day Out to cancel Beenie Man’s concerts. He wrote to Ms Forrester as follows:


“Beenie Man is clearly unrepentant. He has never apologised for urging the killing of gay people. In fact, he put out a statement and hit song called ‘I no apologise’. You would not consider hosting Beenie Man if he was a white racist singer who had called for the murder of black people. You would dump him. There should be no double standards when it comes to singers who incite homophobic violence,” wrote Mr Tatchell.


“Beenie Man is one of Jamaica’s leading reggae stars. He has had hit tunes which incite the murder of lesbians and gay men. It is a tragedy that he has not used his undoubted musical talent to promote the true reggae message of justice, harmony, peace and love.


“Although Beenie Man made an agreement to cease his murder music, he has since reneged and denounced the agreement. He went on to release a song: ‘I no apologise,’” confirmed Mr Tatchell.


In his hit tune Damn, Beenie Man sings: "I'm dreaming of a new Jamaica, come to execute all the queers."


Another of his popular recordings, Bad Man Chi Chi Man (Bad Man Queer Man), instructs listeners to kill gay DJs and boasts that people would gladly go to jail for killing a queer:


"If yuh nuh chi chi (queer) man wave yuh right hand and (NO!!!) / If yuh nuh lesbian wave yuh right hand and (NO!!!) / Some bwoy will go a jail fi kill man tun bad man chi chi man!!! / Tell mi, sumfest it should a be a showdown / Yuh seem to run off a stage like a clown (Kill Dem DJ!!!)".


Chi Chi Man is a very offensive Jamaican patois homophobic slang insult, equivalent to the insulting words queer, poof and faggot.





Papa Biggy was a hit in Massachusetts

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Dancehall DJ is making his return to the frontline in every sense of the word. Since he released his album Return to the Frontline he has been delivering one good performance after another.


The Connecticut-based DJ was again in action at Sister D’s Birthday Bash at the Western Front in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


Watching him as he took control of the mic, one had to wonder how he managed to work the stage with such agility, the DJ who delivered hits such as How You Plant Corn and, Stop Dem, Under The Plane Wing and Times of Trouble.


Before that though sound system One Sound International entertained the jam packed venue with some cultural roots music, setting the pace for what was to follow – a night of pure cultural vibes.


Kicking off the first performance of the night was Doctors of Flight, Boston’s own urban rock/rap band. After working a real entertaining set it was time for Dis and Dat Band featuring Sister D on keyboards, their set had the crowd rocking away.


Mr Yanks and Bandoo made way for the headline act for the night Papa Biggy who rocked the crowd with songs from his album Return to the Frontline before inviting King I to join him on stage.


When the incident free event came to a close at 2:00 am it was to a totally satisfied crowd.





Today's Daily Word - Monday, November 16, 2009

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Willing



With a willing spirit, I express more of my Christ Light each day.


Every change begins with willingness. It is the opening through which I invite more of God's abundance and wisdom into my life.


If I find myself wishing some area of my life were different, I bring this thought to God in prayer. I then ask myself, Am I willing to let go of past hurts and allow God's love to flow through my life? Am I willing to see myself as a perfect child of God, receptive to all of God's good? Am I willing to release limiting thoughts and beliefs and expand my understanding of God's power within me?


As a first step, I say "Yes, I am willing!" Step by step, with a willing spirit, I express more of my Christ Light each day.


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Today's Daily Word - Sunday, November 15, 2009

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Circulate


One with God, I make wise choices.


Honoring the circle of life on planet Earth, I make wise use of resources and protect the environment as part of my spiritual practice.


Like a loving mother, the Earth supports and sustains me. I return that love by reusing and recycling the materials I use. Through the small act of giving something I no longer need to someone who does, I circulate and share my abundance with others.


I hold the planet in prayer, affirming good for all creation and all humanity. I strengthen my affirmation with conscious acts of generosity and responsibility and contribute to the care of planet Earth.


You cause the grass to grow for the cattle, and plants for people to use, to bring forth food from the earth.--Psalm 104:14
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Clean lyrics, great performances, an appreciative audience and the stay-in-school message were interesting components of the KLAS School tour which rolled into the Godfrey Stewart High School recently.


As “Nicholson” , the bus driver, pulled the bus into Godfrey Stewart High School, one could feel the excitement and the school spirit in the air. Things were popping -- a football match was in progress and there was also a school concert with Michael Jackson impersonator and even a Nuh Lings dance contest between teachers a nd students. It was lots of fun as both groups exhibited their talent and skills.


KLAS’ Tony Young, Executive Manager of Programs emceed the event, and really kept the vibes going. The students were obviously well primed for what was to come. As usual the artistes were psyched and anxious to get off the bus and greet the students and the administration of the school, which treated them royally. The anticipation was high and the camaraderie among the artistes was just great.


Susan Perkins took the stage with lots of enthusiasm. Her songs were well received, and Godfrey Stewart High School let her know by singing along during her entire set. During her last song she invited the students to LOOOUUU! with her on stage and it was pure excitement as the students were more than happy to accept the invitation.


Blacks took the stage in full fervor, and even though his songs were a hit with the students, he took time out to speak about the significance of staying in school as thus was the only way they could eventually be able to such as supporting themselves and their present and their future families.


The stay-in-school message was also very well delivered by four man group, TRN. Their set was smooth, mellow and positive and they had the Godfrey High students hanging on to their every word. .


Mixin Lab was introduced by clever comedian Dufton Shepherd, whose wit was a hit with the students. He is actually really funny and his utterances helped to keep the vibes on a natural high and ensured that there was never a dull moment on stage. it is always expected that “Mixing Lab, Human Beat Box” will shock his audience with his extraordinary oral abilities of being a “mixing board”, and this time around, it was no different. The crowd went crazy and sang the words to Snoop Dog’s, “Drop it like it’s hot” among other beats.


The real moment came when Jamaica’s Michael Jackson was invited on stage. According to one student’s report, “Listen man, when Michael Jackson reincarnate tek di stage wid Mixin Lab, him jus wave fus and den start duh di moves dem, and was very much passionate about it, suh till di moves dem tun inna tik tok popping and gliding! Maaad ….crazy!”.


D-major went on as smooth as ever, thrilling the ladies of Godfrey Stewart High School with his raw talent and humble disposition. He also encouraged the students to stay in school and maintain quality grades. He was definitely a crowd pleaser, and a mob of students followed him out to the bus with pen and paper eagerly seeking his autographs . He was only too happy to oblige.


Ninja Ford did his set with zeal, and also offered words of inspiration and motivation through word sound and song. The students took pleasure in his performance and his stay in school message.


WASP was greeted with quite a lot of screaming and excitement. His songs were popular and he used this to his advantage by addressing the importance of staying in school. WASP gave away his t-shirt, his sun glasses, his pen, even reportedly signed june plum!


It was pure delight to see the students have so much fun after a hard day’s work at school. Sponsors include Yardflex Inc., Inseason Juice, KFC, AAMM Co-op Credit Union, Pharmaton, Addidas Deodorant and





Scenes from Street Vybz Thrusdays

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Scenes from KLAS School Tour

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Today's Daily Word - Saturday, November 14, 2009

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Grace



I am supported by the unconditional love of God.


Mistakes are a natural part of learning--just as falling down is a natural part of learning to walk. But when I make a serious mistake, I may find it hard to forgive myself for what I have said or done.
I cannot make amends if I remain stuck in a cycle of self-blame or criticism. Instead, I remember that God loves me unconditionally. I take responsibility for my actions, and with God's grace, I do my best to resolve the situation. This may require a heartfelt apology, a change in my behavior or another step. I trust God to guide me to the best response.


As I open to the grace of God, I am able to forgive myself and accept God's unconditional love.


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YardFlex Hot Charts

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BDO responds to Beenie Man concerns

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The organizers of Auckland's Big Day Out have responded to criticism for including an anti-gay reggae singer in its 2010 line-up.


Jamaica's Beenie Man is set to perform at Mt Smart Stadium on January 15.


He has written and sung about cutting the throats of all gay men, killing gay DJs, and hanging lesbians. Lyrics include lines like, "I'm dreaming of a new Jamaica, come to execute all the gays" in his songs.


In a statement released on Thursday, Big Day Out organisers say they booked Beenie Man "in the knowledge that the artist has a controversial past".


The promoters say that as far as they know, Beenie Man has not performed the offending songs since signing the Reggae Compassionate Act (RCA) in 2007. They have contacted him to confirm that he stands by the Act.


"The Big Day Out's core values include those of tolerance and understanding," says BDO promoter Campbell Smith.


"We are responding to concerns that Beenie Man's presence at the event may compromise those values and are directly investigating fears that he will perform material conflicting with our philosophy and his own undertakings pursuant to the RCA.


"It may take us up to a week to resolve this matter."


In 2004 Beenie Man was banned from playing an MTV UK gig after protests over his appearance and in 2006 protests also led to the cancellation of a concert he was to perform in New York.


GayNZ.com spokesman Jay Bennie said earlier in the week that they want the Big Day Out organisers in Auckland to rescinder their invitation to the musician.


Bennie says if they decide not to do that, then the Immigration Department has to decide whether the singer is fit and proper enough to be allowed into New Zealand.





Today's Daily Word - Friday, November 13, 2009

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Comfort



The love of God is my true source of comfort and strength.


On a cool autumn evening I may enjoy the warmth and comfort of sitting by the fire or sipping a hot cup of tea. The comfort and care I give myself and others are ways in which the love of God is manifest in my life. In these peaceful moments, I understand that I am beloved of God.


To deepen my experience of peace and comfort, I turn within to the silence and immerse myself in God's love and protection. I relax into the divine Presence that is the source of my comfort and strength.


I am blessed to know that the presence of God is with me at all times and in all situations. Whenever I turn within, God's gentle whisper of assurance fills my soul with peace.


As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you.--Isaiah 66:13
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Scences from Weddy Weddy

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LISA HYPE NEW RED HAIRSTYLE HAVE KARTEL WEAK

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People, dem did say Kartel park Lisa Hype and she start get mawger-er and lose all ten pounds offa weh she no have already. But my girl smart, she never despair, she just do her chemical research and find a new bleaching cream and got her hairstylists and say 'gimme sumpen mad!' and her stylist go so baps, and flip inna a new ting, and shave off one side of her head and throw some colour inna it. And people, guess what? It connect. From she go studio the day, him all up inna her coolaid, and ah dance wid her and then ah she and him again. Yu nuh see how her career step up inna the last month, her song dem a shot, she gone a Bahamas gone perform and look fi her family, she tek the front page of the paper the other day and now she ah plan big birthday bash. Lisa Hype, tek yu forward, yu look good, yu bleaching reach and yu have the General heart inna yu hip pocket. A bayyy!!!!1





Asafa Powell launches foundation

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Olympic and World Championships Gold medallist, Asafa Powell on Tuesday officially made a humanitarian leap with the launch of his very own foundation.


With this move, Asafa joins the list of celebrity do-gooders who are giving back, whether it is to their communities or specific interest groups, by establishing a foundation.


Members of the sporting fraternity and well-wisher joined the former 100-metre world record holder as he officially launched his foundation at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston in what was a very well organized event.


On hand to lend support to Powell were his teammates from the MVP including Brigitte Foster-Hylton, Michael Frater and Sherika Williams as well as 100 & 200 metre world record holder, Usain Bolt.


Bolt was among those making a donation to the foundation, however, the organizers did not reveal the amount on the cheque given by Bolt.







Danesworth Boucher, the man charged in connection with the death of the Rudolf Gschloessl, co-owner of the popular restaurant, Café Aubergine, had a $50,000 bail bond imposed, along with one surety, when he appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday. He returns to court on Monday, December 14.


Boucher, 24, is of a Mona Heights, address, the same residence as Gschloessl.


The court was told that on October 25, Boucher used a knife to stab the German national in the neck. He then called the police and reported that someone had broken into the house.


The police saw Gschloessl in his bedroom, lying naked in a pool of blood. A knife, which the police theorise was the murder weapon, was found beside Gschloessl’s body.


A tour of the residence by the police team, however, showed no signs of break-in as all the windows had been grilled on the inside and there was no signs anywhere of forced entry.


A statement from the accused said he was in his room when he heard shouts of “help” coming from Gschloessl’s room.


Boucher is represented by Frankly Grenyion, who told the court that there were no blood evidence linking his client to the murder and that there was a third person in the room with Gschloessl on the night of the incident.





One-Third signs management deal

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Gateway Capital Holdings/GCH Consulting has signed musical group One Third to their management roster. The group which consists of Alpheus ‘Al’ Johnson, Miguel Walters and Adrian Campbell, rose to prominence after winning the Digicel Rising Stars competition 2006.
The trio says the new agreement is “something we have been wanted for a really long time. We have a great team assembled and we know we are going straight to the top.”


Under the agreement, Gateway Capital Holdings/GCH Consulting will partner with the group on all aspects of their career, from recording, music publishing, touring, merchandising to brand development. This work has already begun as the group is currently recording its debut album to be released in the Spring of 2010.





Today's Daily Word - Thursday, November 12, 2009

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Insight



I am open and receptive to God's wisdom.


If I've asked for something in prayer, I must prepare myself to receive the answer. By opening my mind and heart to whatever the answer may be, I remain receptive to spiritual wisdom. It may come through a conversation with a friend, an informative book or even from the lyrics of a song. I may witness a brilliant sunset or receive a thoughtful drawing from a child. Regardless, I will feel a deep resonance and peace with the answer I receive, a closeness to God, as I realize this message was intended for me.


I connect with God in infinite ways, and I am guided. Remaining conscious of God's presence, I recognize the answer.


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Bounty trial stalled

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The trial of dancehall entertainer Rodney Pryce, more popularly known as 'Bounty Killa,' was stalled on Wednesday in the Gun Court.


The trial was delayed because one of the main witnesses failed to show.


The witness in question reportedly witnessed the artiste assaulting a cop during an altercation in New Kingston in 2007.


The trial is now set for March 24.


Bounty Killa is charged jointly with Calis Bowen, an ex-cop, arising from an incident in which a Police Constable was allegedly assaulted by the artiste and members of his entourage in New Kingston.


Investigators reported that on September 27, 2007, the constable was driving his vehicle in the New Kingston area when he drove up to a group of men who had used their vehicles to block sections of St Lucia Avenue.


The policeman signalled the men to move, however one of them threw alcohol in his face.


This led to a confrontation.


It is reported that during the confrontation 'Bounty Killa' pulled a firearm and pointed it at the policeman.


Mr. Bowen who was in the entourage is accused of hitting the Constable, although he had identified himself as a policeman.


Mr. Bowen has since been dismissed from the police force.





Munga Honorable in the news

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What a surprise we have last night a watch di news only fi si sey Munga Honorable inna squabble wid di police. Yeah man, him a ride bike and it nuh license, insure and pon top a it, him neva have on nuh protective gear. Di news sey when di police stop him instead a him try and kinda teck him han outa di lion mouth him a flip up a way, tell dem indecent language and a resist arrest.


Oh bwoy, him did sing sey him bad from him born, but wi never did tek him serious until wi a watch di news and si how him a behave.


Well him have bout six charges pin pon him, so we ongle hope him can si him way outa dem.





MACKA DIAMOND WRITES AGAIN

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She did it already, and she is at it again. Dancehall author, turned actress, Macka Diamond is in the final stages of fulfilling the wishes of her reading audience, who have all been salivating since reading BUN HIM!!!


Well the wait is over, and those who enjoyed BUN HIM!!! Can get ready for yet another intriguing Jamaican Novel, this time entitled, ‘The Real Gangster’s Wife.’


Fresh off her big screen debut, Macka was quick to point out that she was actually inspired to go at this novel while in Antigua, on the set of her latest effort outside of the dancehall arena; playing the role of leading lady in the Caribbean action flick, Redemption of Paradise.


Macka was tight lipped about the details of the novel, but this is what she was willing to reveal; the novel is in its final stages, it will be another Page Turner Publication, and it is set to be released on her birthday in January.


So what was the real inspiration behind her second effort at writing a novel? “Maybe it was all the action on the set of the movie,” joked Macka, about how this novel went from idea, to now being in the final stages, quickly adding that, “this time it’s going to be more man friendly….nuh bun nah gi roun here dis time.”


She giggles at the delivery of those words, but quickly got serious as she went on further to explain that, “this time a some different levels dah female yah dey pon, some levels wha we as women all need to be about.”


“The fans dem been a ask bout part two fi BUN HIM!!!” states Macka, “but wi a work offa a vibes, and right now, is a different ting mi day pon wid dah book yah.”


Spoken like a true author, and sounding way more mature and confident, Macka’s attitude is one that makes it clear that she is ready to deliver the goods, but only time will tell, as we get ready for the January, (birthday) release of yet another milestone in the dancehall arena.





Toni Braxton Kiss Broke Up Marriage?

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Essence.com has reported that Toni Braxton and her husband of eight years, Keri Lewis, are ending their marriage.It's the timing of the divorce, however, that's causing controversy.


At a recent taping of the Soul Train Awards--which will air on BET on November 29th--Toni Braxton and Trey Songz were seen kissing onstage after their performance of “Yesterday.” Keri Lewis was in the audience at the time.


It's not all terrible news for Baxton, however.


Her new album is set to drop in early February, and her first single will be "Yesterday" featuring Trey Songz.


Braxton and Lewis met on the set of the "He Wasn't Man Enough for Me" video. They have two sons together.







Reggae artiste Chuck Fenda's new album Fulfillment last week debuted at number 7 on iTunes Reggae Album Chart in the United Kingdom.


The album officially released on October 26 has been making major strides considering very few living local acts ever grace the coveted chart currently dominated by Jamaican legend Bob Marley. iTunes one of the most popular online music outlets spanning over 22 markets across the globe is considered by the industry as the primadonna of online entertainment.


On Tuesday (Nov. 10th) Chuck Fenda launched his album to a full house at the Mango Ranch on West Kings House Road. The well received launch was complimented by immense star power performances from the likes of Richie Stephens, Anthony Cruz, Pliers, Spanner Banner, Richie Spice, Cherine Anderson, Nitty Kutchie, Lady G, Anthony Malvo before Chuck took the stage and brought the house down with an electrifying set.


Fenda now assiduously promoting his album and new single/video 'Bad Boy' featuring Sammy Dread (currently No.2 on the U.S. Mediaguide Chart - this chart shows the most played songs on college radio throughout the United States) is scheduled to make a cameo at Mandela Park in Half-Way Tree this Friday (Nov. 13th) as one of the featured acts on the Nationwide News Network and HYPE-TV School tour.


Fulfillment the 15-tracks compilation is Fenda's third full length album this the follow up to 'Better Days', and 'Living Fire' for Fifth Element and Greensleeves Records respectively.





Scenes from Boasey Tuesdays

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More on the baby miscarriage drama

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Yardflex touched on the wife of the ex dj who lost the baby for the other DJ she was pregnant for. From what we understand she was about six months pregnant when she miscarried.


The truth is we wondering if other things didn’t lead to her losing the baby such as the fact that the DJ not giving her any money.


A close source to the baby mother revealed that she was highly stressed.


“I’m not lying, she really did stress big time. You would never believe that a DJ like that who claim that he takes care of his children could behave in that manner. In fact, this incident just convince me that the stories I been reading and hearing from other baby mothers are true. For real a better she did stay in har marriage cause har husband did really want a child with her and she told her she wasn’t ready yet,” the source disclosed.


According to Yardflex source, she picked the wrong DJ to be ready with, plus it is no secret that he has two other women pregnant along with her.







Minister of Education, the Hon Andrew Holness, has appealed to top-flight Jamaican athletes to use their celebrity status to leverage support for the education system.


"I think that is the greatest investment that you could make in the development of your own country, and when you do that you will be ensuring that the country from which you came will be the country of choice.to live, work and raise our families," he stated.


Mr. Holness was speaking Monday (November 9) at the launch of the third annual Fun 4 Kidz Sanya Richards Fast Track programme, at the Kingston High School, downtown Kingston. The after-school programme combines literacy and extra-curricular activities, and is mainly sponsored by Jamaican-born U.S. 400 metres champion, Sanya Richards.


The programme started out targeting Kingston High, but this year Bridgeport, Tarrant, Tivoli, Donald Quarrie and Penwood high schools have been brought in.


The Education Ministry is a partner in the programme, and Mr. Holness said the concept of marrying literacy and sports was laudable, and that he was extremely pleased with the outcome so far.


"I reviewed the report given to me on the project and I gather that you have improved at least 55 per cent of students that have participated in the programme to one grade level or more, from where they were in terms of reading," he explained.


Principal of Kingston High, Charles Reid, said that two years ago some of the students were unable to participate at Boys' and Girls' Champs, because of poor academic records. However, after six months under the programme, 12 of them were able to enter events at the last championships.


Three hundred and seventy five students are to benefit from this year's programme, up from 55 when it started.


Miss Richards said that she was very proud to be associated with the initiative, and encouraged the students to dream big.


"I remember running as a little kid and having a big vision, and I want to tell you that anything is possible. As long as you have the opportunities and take advantage of them, listen to your teachers.take direction, finish up school and just dream big," she encouraged.


Sanya Richards was born in Jamaica in 1985, but moved to Florida with her parents in 1997. She became a U.S. citizen in 2002 and has been representing that country internationally since. She has won two Olympic Gold medals- 2004 and 2008 - in the Women's 4x400 relays. She won the gold medal in the 400 metres at this year's IAAF World Athletic Championships in Berlin.


Also supporting the launch were United States' Olympic 100 metres silver medallist (2004) and 4-time World Championship medallist (4x400 metres relay), Lauryn Williams, and her parents; as well as authors Patrick Robinson and Kellie Magnus, whose books on sports will be used in the programme.





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Dead man shocks relatives by attending his own funeral


(UPI) - Stunned relatives tried to jump out a window when a man presumed dead showed up at his own funeral in southern Brazil, officials said.


"In my 10 years in this business, I have never witnessed a scene like this," said Natanael Honorato, manager of the funeral home in Brazil's Parana state.


Ademir Jorge Goncalves, 59, a bricklayer, was identified as the victim of a car crash and his funeral scheduled for Nov. 2, a religious holiday known as the Day of the Dead, CNN reported Sunday.


Goncalves, however, wasn't dead. He'd spent the night drinking at a bar near the site of the crash, but wasn't the victim. When he learned of the mix-up, he went to the Funeraria Rainha das Colinas funeral home and walked in on his grieving family, some of whom tried to jump out a window when they saw him.


The mystery was solved later in the day when a family from a neighboring town identified the dead man as their missing son and took his body home for burial, Honorato said.

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BASKETBALL LEGEND HAS RARE CANCER

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br>Basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has just made it public that he Cancer (CML, a rare form of leukemia). And he’s telling his story now, after a year of battling in private, because he wants everyone in his shoes to take care of themselves properly:


“Having lost one of my closest friends to a different, highly aggressive form of leukemia, I knew how serious my diagnosis was,” said Abdul-Jabbar, 62.


“My own life expectancy became a question mark.” Abdul-Jabbar, the NBA’s all-time leading scorer, won five championships with the Los Angeles Lakers before retiring in 1989. He was diagnosed with CML in December 2008 and is being treated with a medicine that targets the abnormal protein that causes his leukemia. With treatment, Abdul-Jabbar, who currently is a coach with the Lakers, is expected to live a full, active life.


“I’m telling my story to encourage fellow patients to take charge of their health,” he said. “Work closely with your doctor, monitor your disease and, above all, take your medicine.”


Yardflex prays that Kareem wins this fight of his life.





Where’s the love

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By rootzgirl



What could possess a woman to attack a little baby just because her baby father has moved on and married someone else?


Yes, my granny used to say “it hot but hush”, as a solution to dealing with the way life can sometimes throw you a curve ball. I read with disgust the story in the Star about a woman who attacked her child’s father wife about a week ago.


She snatched the child from the wife’s arms, flung it to the ground and kicked…have you ever.


Some of these women need to learn the art of moving on. If it does not work out, then don’t make a spectacle of yourself to prove a point. So what if the man was with you before and you had his child? He has moved on married someone else, get over it, the only thing you need to do is ensure he takes care of his child.


Think of the embarrassment you are putting your own children through when they have to read in the paper of your sketellish behaviour.


Of course the story about this woman is not the sole case happening in Jamaica, unfortunately there are too many more out there.


It’s time to stop this vicious cycle and start having pride in yourselves. Don’t give the man more respect that you would yourself.





Stone Love rule

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Bwoy caan tell unno how people tiad a di Gully, Gaza foolishness. Si deh wi hear sey Super Claude guh play di two a dem a one big posh dance a Texas and di whole a di people dem come offa di dance floor cause dem nuh war inna nuh dancehall mix up and ediot song when dem waan dance. A good ting Wee Pow was in di house and him put on some Ben E King and dem kinda classics and di Black and White Affair session nice again.


A lesson to selectors whey nuh know dis...when yuh have classic, big people sinting di ongle ting dem waan hear is good music...when yuh dancehall session den yuh can play dem cause dem dem audience deh nuh really care.





What’s poppin

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Bwoy wi hear sinting, but win uh too wah broadcast it too tough, but to tell di truth, we haffi extend sympathy to di DJ ex wife whey get pregnant fi one next DJ. We hear sey she lose di baby. Well a just suh life go sometimes.






Bounty come offa yuh pumps and pride

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Bwoy what a way Barrington Levy talk up di tings dem On Stage with Winford Williams. He had some choice words for the cross, angry, miserable DJ Bounty Killer. He said Bounty should come off his pumps and pride and start making music.


“If Bounty meck mi serve him, nutten caan stop him,” said the singer who had one of the biggest hits with Bounty Killer entitled Living Dangerously. He said he had all the right connections, snoop, busta, you name it, you would gladly hook Bounty up with them and bust di place. It’s just for Bounty to let go of the almshouse and start making good music his focus once again.


Bounty, throw wey di almshouse ting and step whey from di pack, seen.





TESSANNE CHIN ALBUM ON THE WAY

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With mega hits such as Secret Hideaway, Messenger and Black Book to her credit reggae / rock sensation Tessanne Chin has broken the silence regarding her eagerly anticipated debut album slated to be released early next year.


According to Tessanne the album is still untitled but will feature a host of new songs and a few classics. "Well I plan on heading in a totally different direction than before as it relates to the music, I've been doing some recording of later and the album should have anywhere between 12-14 tracks. Currently I'm promoting my new song "Are You Gonna / Control" which is a fun song about the ups and downs in relationships. At some point everyone falls in love and what this song is basically saying is that either way with or without that special person I will be alright".


In other news Tessanne has also been busy collaborating with the likes of Shaggy on a song dubbed "Never Let Me Go" which is to be released later this month. Other collab's include work with singer / songwriter Kes out of Trinidad and on the local front the female dominated track "Beautiful Sister" alongside Alaine, Queen Ifrica and sister Tami Chynn.





'Reggae Reggae Sauce' Wins International Food Award

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Jamaican-born Levi Roots' 'Reggae Reggae Jerk Sauce' won the Best New Product award at the inaugural World Food Awards held recently in London.


The 'Reggae Reggae Jerk Sauce' along with another Jamaican product, Caribbean Food Delights' patties, were shortlisted in the category.


European Regional Manager, for Jamaica Trade and Invest, Mr. Laurence Jones, said the success of the Reggae Reggae sauce brand had a positive impact on other Jamaican food brands.


"The success...has served to raise the profile and increase the awareness of the quality and variety of tradition and new Jamaican and Caribbean products within the main stream British and European Markets," Mr. Jones said.


The Levi Roots brand found fame in January 2007 when Roots, a chef, extolled the virtues of the sauce, which is a secret blend of herbs and spices passed on to him by his Jamaican grandmother, on the BBC Dragon's Den Programme.


He received the backing of entrepreneurs, Mr. Peter Jones and Mr. Richard Farleigh, which led to the commercial launch of the sauce.


The sauce is now stocked by all major retailers and has been extended to a range of new flavours and products.


Roots is now the author of two Jamaican/Caribbean cookbooks, and recently hosted a six-part programme on Jamaican and Caribbean food on the BBC.





Today's Daily Word - Tuesday, November 10, 2009

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Inner Peace


I am grateful for life. I am at peace.


Life is the energy of God flowing through me, invigorating my body and illuminating my mind. Life is the confident, creative, resilient spirit that expresses through me in all that I am and all that I do.
I give thanks for the aliveness in me. I am grateful for wholeness, for my body's ability to work and rest, and for the Christ Spirit active within me. I appreciate my mind and my mind's ability to think and create.


In any challenging situation, I turn my attention to God, my source of inner peace and serenity. Attuned to God's loving presence, I am shown the way of clarity, insight and right action. Relying on my inner source of life to meet my every need, I am richly blessed and at peace.


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LOS ANGELES, USA (AFP) - Michael Jackson's father is seeking money from his late son's estate to help him meet monthly living expenses estimated at more than US$15,000, court papers filed in Los Angeles have revealed.


A motion filed on behalf of Joe Jackson on Friday argued that the administrators of the pop star's estate should have set up an allowance similar to the one established for the singer's mother, Katherine.


The papers argued that the administrators, John Branca and John McClain, knew that Michael Jackson had financially supported his father for decades.


Joe Jackson, 81, receives $1,700 a month in Social Security payments, according to the documents. He has diabetes and had a stroke in 1998.


A proposed monthly budget in the court papers lists more than $15,000 in expenses, including $1,500 for rent, $2,500 for restaurants and $5,000 for hotels and air travel.


"This court should exercise its sound discretion to award Mr Jackson a family allowance because Michael Jackson actually supported him during his lifetime and he does not have other sources for support," the papers state.


A lawyer for Branca and McClain told the Los Angeles Times they were aware of Joe Jackson's bid for money.


"It was quite surprising to learn of the request. Mr Jackson's petition will be considered as are all requests for money from Michael's estate," lawyer Howard Weitzman told the paper.


Judge Mitchell Beckloff previously approved nearly $30,000 in payments to Katherine Jackson each month and another $60,000 monthly payment for the care of the singer's three children.






Chris Brown responds to Rihanna’s 20/20 interview

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Chris Brown released a statement in response to Rihanna's appearance on ABC's "20/20," where she discussed their violent encounter that led to his assault charges.


'I maintain my position that all of the details should remain a private matter between us," he said in the statement to MTV. "I do appreciate her support and wish her the best."


In the 20/20 interview Friday, Rihanna offers a graphic account of the Feb. 7 fight with her then-boyfriend Brown, describing what she calls the terrifying blankness that seemed to come over him as he assaulted her.


"He was clearly blacked-out," she says. "There was no person when I looked at him."


Although Brown declined to respond to her specific comments, he again took responsibility.


"I am extremely sorry for what I did, and I accept accountability for my actions," he tells MTV. "At this point, I am taking the proper steps to learn about me and grow from my mistakes. I only hope that others in similar situations can learn from our experience as well. Abuse of any kind is always wrong. The rest I leave it to God."





Sean Paul for The Mo’Nique Show, Tuesday

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Grammy award winning reggae artiste, Sean Paul will sit down for a one-on-one interview with US comedy icon Mo’Nique on her new show on BET on Tuesday. The Queen of Comedy got her space in the growing talk-show industry when The Mo’Nique Show, premiered on October 5 at 11:00 pm, as part of BET’s new fall lineup.


Sean Paul’s latest album Imperial Blaze, has already set records and theartiste took home the award for Best Reggae Artist at the Soul Train Music Awards, held last week Tuesday night in Atlanta., Georgia.







In an effort to make Garfield's Christmas Wonderland a truly special event, Electro Tech Productions with the assistance of TVJ, ScotiaBank, KFC/Pizza Hut and Jamaica Beverages, and all other associate sponsors, have pledged to give kids from children's home an exclusive and unforgettable treat.


"Everything for these children will be free, from meals from KFC to rides, meet and greet Santa, giveaways, drinks by Tru Juice and Jamaica Bevarges and more. This will be our Christmas treat to them," said Peter Shoucair event promoter.


The event takes place on the lawns of Hope Gardens from December 18 - 20 and will feature a wide range of entertainment for the entire family.


The treat for the kids will be co-ordinated by the Child Development Agency.


According to Shoucair, he could have easily made donations to the various homes but it would not mean the same thing to the kids as having a day when they are totally catered to.


"This is our way of giving them a better Christmas," the Electro Tech boss shared.


Milestone Productions, agents for the characters, were so impressed by the move to give these children a day for themselves that they too are willing to make a donation through Milestone Ministries.


"They are willing to look into helping to have more children than we were anticipating. This will be the largest joint corporate venture that has ever been done for any children's home in Jamaica," Shoucair pointed out.


Meanwhile, the call is out for patrons to make use of the limited pre-sold tickets that are available at the following outlets Copy Cat, Training Camp, Coco Jam, Young's Pharmacy, May Pen, Mailbox MoBay, Broadway Surprise, Clock Tower Plaza, Rainbow Land and in some schools.


They are also encouraged to book their spaces early for the Garfield Live show as there will be limited seating available.


Some schools have already started getting a taste of what to expect as Garfield is now in Jamaica and has started visiting select schools. Step By Step was one such school that had a special visit from Garfield character along with Coco, Chicky and Chubby.


Garfield's Christmas Wonderland is sponsored by TVJ, KFC and Pizza Hut, Scotiabank, New Line Motors, Jamaica Beverages, ATL, Jamaica Observer, JIIC, Marksman, King Alarm, Shakti, Jamaica Pegasus, Oasis, New Line, Tru Juice, Breezes, Trident, Guardsman Group, Sun Island among others and is endorsed by the Jamaica Tourist Board, the Ministry of Education and the Child Development Agency.







Kingston, Jamaica, November 9, 2009 -- For popular Reggae singer, Etana, the month of November promises to be chockful of excitement. It has so far been non-stop action for "The Strong One," as she jumpstarted an intense promotional campaign with a video shoot for her compelling new single "August Town" and promotional tour in the Caribbean.


The video shoot for "August Town" went off with a bang. With August Town as the setting for the video, the Director vividly captured the realness of August Town and Etana herself. Members of the community played a key role in the video, which brings "August Town's" tell-tale lyrics to life. Fans will be thoroughly entertained by the "August Town" video, which will air on all major Caribbean TV outlets later this month.


Fresh off the heels of the "August Town" video shoot, the soulful crooner touched down in Trinidad, Antigua and Barbados this past weekend for the first leg of her promotional tour, dedicated to introducing her dynamic new music to the media and fans. With a string of TV, print and radio interviews lined-up, Etana promoted new music including "August Town," "Free" and "Happy Heart."


During the Caribbean media blitz, Etana expressed her delight at meeting the DJs who have embraced her music over the years.
According to Etana,"It was great meeting face-to-face with members of the media, who have supported my music. These are the people that have the power to make or break your music...it's important that they receive my new music first hand.”


Etana's manager, Garfield ‘Chin’ Bourne of Irish and Chin, Inc, noted that, "Many artistes take DJs and radio jocks for granted, yet these are the people solely responsible for planting and nurturing the seeds of artists. Because I started as a sound man, I will always respect a DJ's role and encourage my clients to do so as well."


The Caribbean media professionals displayed a high level of support and gave overwhelming positive feedback to Etana's new music. Humbled by this, Etana took part in each interview with ease.


On the Irish and Chin organised promotional tour, which will span over the next three months, Etana will also visit England and key markets in the United States.


"This promotional tour is an ideal vehicle of further exposing my music to the media and fans," says Etana. "It's a career first for me to embark on an effort solely designed to promote my new music."


This week, Etana will return to Jamaica to film a video for "Free." The video, which will be shot by famed director JayWil, is set to vividly depict the chanteuse's new beautiful ballad. Meanwhile, a video for the sensuous single "Happy Heart" will be filmed soon. Etana's highly anticipated sophomore album is scheduled for a Summer 2010 release on VP Records. Surely, this effort will replicate the success of her debut album The Strong One, which was heralded by fans and critics alike -- copping numerous awards including "Album of the Year" at the 2009 International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) in New York and Excellence in Music and Entertainment Awards (EME) in Jamaica.


Irish and Chin is a leading dancehall entertainment company that excels in professionalism. From staging landmark events to managing sound systems and artists, Irish and Chin has successfully thrived for over 10 years. The company's approach has always been grassroots marketing and branding. Although Irish and Chin is based in Jamaica, the company's true strength lies in the international market.







Monday November 9-Kingston Jamaica :- SoBe Entertainment/Danger Zone Recording artiste Jah Cure has Just returned from performing at the show dubbed ‘It’s Cure Again’ in Trinidad and Tobago. Jah Cure’s trip to Trinidad and Tobago was not without incident however, as an unscrupulous promoter made efforts to prevent him from performing, a statement from his publicist said.


On Saturday November 7 while staying at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Port of Spain Jah Cure was greeted by police officers along with the unscrupulous promoter who claimed that Jah Cure owed him money. The promoter with whom Jah Cure has worked with in the past was in negotiations with Jah Cure for another performance but negotiations broke down.


In order to settle the matter Jah Cure and members of his management team accompanied the promoter and the police to a nearby police station where the promoter's deposit was returned. The artiste was not arrested as reported by some media outlets and was able to fulfil his confirmed date at Guaracara Park on the same night. Jah Cure performed to over ten thousand people.


Jah Cure wishes to thank all his Trinidad and Tobago fans who came out to support him and guarantees them that despite this incident he will return to the twin island republic. Jah Cure and his management team would also like to commend members of the Trinidad and Tobago police force for their professionalism in dealing with the matter. Jah Cure is now home in Jamaica preparing for his upcoming dates in St Kitts, Barbados and Grenada.







According to an article in the Trinidad Guardian newspaper, singer Siccature Alcock, better known as Jah Cure, was released from police custody on Saturday night and subsequently able to perform at the concert he was scheduled to headline in that twin island republic.


It was reported that the singer spent three hours in police custody after an arrest warrant was issued by High Court judge, Justice Sebastien Ventour, for owing a Tobago show promoter US$19,993. It was only after the equivalent in TT dollars ($126,000) was presented, that Jah Cure was released from the Central Police Station on St Vincent Street, Port-of-Spain. He was then able to perform in a concert at Guaracara Park, Pointe-a-Pierre, later in the night.


Jah Cure was arrested on the instructions of a High Court marshal, around 7:30 pm at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Port-of-Spain. It is said that Tobago promoter, Handel Anthony, went before Justice Ventour in the Hall of Justice for a special sitting of the High Court.
Anthony had reportedly entered into an agreement with Jah Cure to perform at two concerts in T&T on April 11 and 12, this year. Anthony said he agreed to pay Jah Cure US$85,000 for these two performances. Anthony said he travelled to Jamaica in January, to finalise arrangements for Jah Cure to perform. A deposit of US$40,000 waas made. However, on March 9, Jah Cure allegedly requested the sum of US$17,000, a sum which he promised to repay on his visit to Trinidad. He also requested another US$2,993 on another occasion, the report stated.. Before he was due to arrive in T&T, Jah Cure requested US$45,000, the balance due to him for the two concerts.


The promoter said Jah Cure agreed orally to give him exclusive rights to promote and produce his next performance in T&T, which was scheduled in October. He contacted Jah Cure in August, and requested that he perform in October at the Sting Nightclub in San Fernando. He said Jah Cure declined, claiming that he did not perform in the same country more than once in any calendar year. The Tobago promoter said he found out that Jah Cure was billed as the star performer at Guaracara Park, Pointe-a-Pierre, on Saturday night. He said this was in clear breach of the artiste’s agreement to give exclusive rights for his next performance in T&T.


Anthony said Jah Cure was expected to leave Trinidad on Sunday with his US$19,993. He said he faced the real risk of not being able to recover his money if Jah Cure had returned to Jamaica. The judge subsequently granted the application for a warrant for Jah Cure’s arrest.


Reports are that someone close to Jah Cure went to the police station, and in the presence of various people, the money, TT$126,000 in cash, was counted and handed over to Anthony and the singer released.





Scenes from Wet Sundays

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Today's Daily Word - Monday, November 9, 2009

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Let Go, Let God


My spirit soars as I let go and trust God.


As I step out in faith to do something new and daring, I may feel like a skydiver moments before a jump. When I make the conscious choice to let go of my comfortable surroundings, I may experience a moment of fear. But like the skydiver, my fear is quickly replaced with exhilaration and excitement as I soar through the experience with complete trust. I let go of my fear. God is with me and all is well!


Letting go of fear is liberating. As I let go and trust God, I open the way for God's perfect expression within me and in all the circumstances of my life. I don't worry about the outcome, for I know that all is well. I know that God is in charge and that I am being divinely guided and blessed.


Trust in the Lord forever.--Isaiah 26:4
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Today's Daily Word - Sunday, November 8, 2009

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Healing


I am open and receptive to the divine healing power within me.


I am filled with the breath of Spirit. The unlimited healing power of God revitalizes me in mind and body. If I find myself feeling a bit run down or harried by the tasks before me, I stop for a moment and become conscious of my breathing. I take a break and breathe in the breath of Spirit.


I become aware of the cleansing, renewing, healing power of God. I let go of outer distractions and slow down, just for a moment, and rest quietly. I breathe in the energizing power of God and breathe out any worries or distractions. As I do, I feel peaceful and calm. I know that with every breath I take, I am filled with divine healing power and revitalized in mind, body and spirit.


The spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.--Job 33:4


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Scenes from KLAS School Tour

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Today's Daily Word - Saturday, November 7, 2009

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Seek and Find


I seek God and find true peace and prosperity.


There are times in my life when I am perfectly comfortable just where I am and others when I am seeking something more. If I am seeking, I need to ask myself what it is I hope to find. Is it greater peace and strength? Is it a change in my career or lifestyle? Do I seek a new skill, a greater challenge or an outlet for my creativity?


My seeking may be prompted by the gentle urging of Spirit to be the best that I can be. I trust Spirit now as I turn within in prayer. By seeking God first, I open myself to abundant blessings. I trust God, knowing I will find the resources, strength and confidence to be all I am meant to be. In God, I experience a life of greater joy, wisdom and prosperity.


From there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find him if you search after him with all your heart and soul.--Deuteronomy 4:29
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Stop Gaza/Gully feud from growing in the schools

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School administrators have joined those expressing dismay at the growing feud among the student population over support for rival dance hall artistes Mavado and Vybz Kartel.


The rivalry has pitted Mavado's Gully supporters against Vybz Kartel's fans who describe themselves as Gaza.


According to Ruel Reid, Principal of Jamaica College, this has created a serious problem in schools and the matter must be urgently addressed before it gets out of hand.


"We don't have to bring it to this level ... we have this thing out there about sound and artistes clashing, always some confrontation. As a society, we've got to move away from that and if the artistes are projecting positive images, it must not lead to division.


Meanwhile, Guidance Counsellor Lameta Lugg said major players in the music industry should take some responsibility for what is happening in the schools.


"I think the music fraternity has to step up, acknowledge that that there is a problem, there is an issue with the music that the children are listening to. In my opinion, it is demoralising ... it is the same music that will be pulling us down and the music fraternity needs to step up and do something."





Too many weapons in school

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According to police statics made public by Children’s Advocate Mary Clarke police seized 15 guns and arrested 69 students for criminal offences at public schools throughout Jamaica during 2007/08 academic year.


Statistics for the present academic year were not immediately available, but stabbing and other violent incidents involving students continue to affect public schools. Among the most recent incidents was last month's fatal stabbing of a 16-year-old Grade 11 Fercourt High School student by a boy who attends another school in St Ann.


"Children live in communities where lawlessness abound," said Clarke. "Children pattern adult behaviour, and so when we are dealing with violence in schools we also have to treat with domestic violence. The home is the first school for a child and so we have to treat with community violence,” she was quoted as saying in the Observer.


What’s really happening in our schools. Are we sending our children into war zones instead of learning institutions? It makes a parent want to cocoon their child and not send them out into the big bad world.







LEWD, sexually explicit music and early exposure to pornography can have a lasting negative impact on children, psycopathalogist with Children First Camille Lemonious warns.


"Whatever we hear, that is what we become," Lemonious said, responding to a damning Observer investigation over a two-week period which showed schoolchildren and bus crews involved in explicit behaviour while exposed to lewd music in public passenger buses. "When children are in their formative years, music can seep into the subconscious without any effort. Children can't always distinguish what is right and wrong and so they will want to say, practice and experiment what they hear," she explained. "Without a doubt, these types of music will influence their behaviour."
She added that a number of these children will also underperform in school.


"For them to keep awake from 9:00 am 'til 3:00 pm is a big struggle. The interest is just not there," Lemonious said. "Yet if these same children hear a little music is 'pow! pow!' and hands up in the air! They just want to go home and party."


Some guidance counsellors agreed with Lemonious' theory.
"Some students are able to manage and focus on their schoolwork, but for the most part they are distracted," Courtney Thomas, guidance counsellor at St Andrew Technical High school, said. "It boils down to how well they can cope as individuals, but emotional distraction is a big thing for them. There is very little to frighten us anymore. They (children) live in a society where they are exposed to these things and so we have to deal with them in their individual way. In my view, we are an oversexed society in terms of our language, discussions, our music, in the communities - everything is just sex."


According to him once adolescents become exposed to sex, it will captivate and hold their focus.


Osbourne St Bernard Sutherland, guidance counsellor at Kingston Technical High school, has an interesting view. He said the students' behaviour on buses, particularly the girls', give them a sense of personal value and worth.


"It may seem strange, but some see this as giving them some sense of importance to be described in this way," he explained. This, he said, is especially true if they have no father figure.


"They feel a sense of worth if they can appeal to the boys in that way, to be able to make the boys feel a certain way. And what you find is that the music gives momentum to it."


Sutherland feels it is the responsibility of the society to bring children back to a sense of value and morality.


"It is the responsibility of the society - the church, school, media, community - all of us to give them a sense of value and to let them know they do not have to expose themselves to be appealing. It is going to require the effort of all of us."


Pauline Goulbourne and Garfield Jaddoo, guidance counsellors at the Jose Marti Technical High School in Spanish Town, said that some of the students involved in the bus escapades are the same students from the inner-city communities who will confess to going to all-night dances with their parents.


"Dances will keep right through the night and they tell you they went with their parents," Goulbourne said. "Sometimes you feel as if you can't quite reach them. Some of them feel they can't be anything in life, that they are worthless, and so we have to first build their self-esteem."


Jaddoo agrees that many students in and around Spanish Town who display these behaviours are in fact coming from communities where this type of culture is the norm.


"We engage them in group counselling, workshops with parents, community groups and things like that," Jaddoo said. "But sometimes it is being undermined because they go back into the community and see the same things. But you have to encourage them regarding what they want to accomplish. Music is a part of us, it does influence behaviour, but it is how and what you listen to," he said.





Sean Paul takes the Soul Train Award for Reggae

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Sean Paul took home the award for Best Reggae Artist at the Soul Train Music Awards, held on Tuesday night in Atlanta.


The Best Reggae Artist catagory was a first this year for the award show. Nominees for the 2009 Soul Train Best Reggae Artist Award included Mavado, Serani, Tarrus Riley, and Ziggy Marley.


Yardflex would like to join in with those congratulating Sean Paul





Lindsay Lohan Calls Her Dad a Loser

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After Michael Lohan released recorded tapes of his daughter Lindsay Lohan's cries for help, the 'Mean Girls' actress struck back at her father, branding him a "loser."


"My fathers [sic] such a loser & those recordings are from years ago," Lohan tweeted. "To release personal things is foul enough, but to edit them ..."


"I used to think ... that he needed the book for dummies on learning how to be a father. Haha-he's [sic] needs the book for dummies on HOW TO BE A MAN," she wrote in a second update.





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‘WHY DO JAMAICANS RUN SO FAST’ the documentary film by Spanish/Jamaican company Nice Time Productions on the triumphs of Jamaica’s Beijing Olympic athletes, has triumphed over 120 entries from the world’s leading sports TV stations and film makers, to win the Garland of Honour in the category of “Olympic Spirit” at the 2009 Milan Movies, Sports & TV Film Festival in Milan, Italy.


Shirley Hanna, Executive Director of Nice Time Productions said the Award was presented on Wednesday, November 4 to producer Fernando Garcia and director Miguel Galofre, who attended the Festival in person and received the gold award. The Garland of Honour is one of three special categories of Festival awards. The Excellence Award was won by the official film of Olympic Games of Beijing “The Everlasting Flame: Beijing Olympics 2008” produced by CCTV - China Central Television – China and presented to the director of the film Gu Jun and to the General manager of the CCTV Dr. Guo Benming.


WHY DO JAMAICANS RUN SO FAST features footage of all the six Beijing Olympic Gold medal victories, as well as interviews with the medal winners at home in Jamaica, features of the communities in which they live and comments from leading Jamaicans. A reggae music soundtrack completes the joyous feel of the documentary.


The film received applause and acclaim when it was premiered in February 2009 at the CPTC as part of the scaled-down Reggae Film Festival, and it was later selected as the opening night feature of the Kingston On The Edge arts week. In September the film was one of the top three winners in the Best Documentary category of the American Black Film Festival held in Miami , Florida .


Nice Time Productions is currently in production of a documentary on dance hall “Hit Me With Music” and a second film on Jamaica ’s prison rehabilitation programmes.

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ST. CATHERINE, JA (Ms. RAINE INC.): In response to current reports of 'Gaza buttons' and paraphernalia depicting the violent images of Dancehall deejay Vybz Kartel and the so-called Gaza/Gully feud being seized from vendors at several Corporate Area schools, Adidja 'Vybz Kartel' Palmer issues the following statement:


"Vybz Kartel does not sanction or condone the selling of Gaza buttons with violent images and statements, especially to children and teenagers. We do not own the Gaza name but recognize that unscrupulous and unethical persons may be seeking to profit from the popularity of the Gaza name by engaging in these terrible practices. We urge the relevant authorities to move quickly to protect innocent children from those who would seek to corrupt them.


Vybz Kartel is in the business of music, and through Vybz Rum Limited,the business of alcoholic beverages. We are not involved in the business of merchandising, nor do we benefit from the sale of clothing and other paraphernalia which may bear the Gaza name."





Today's Daily Word - Friday, November 6, 2009

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Prosperity


I am blessed by the goodness of God.


Prosperity manifests in my life in myriad ways--not only as money. As I count my blessings, I realize that God's goodness is everywhere. I give thanks for my food, shelter, friends, family and livelihood. I focus on my blessings rather than dwelling on any perception of lack.


The more I look for things to be grateful for, the more blessings I find. By noticing these blessings and giving thanks, I am positive, productive and prepared for good.


The more good I perceive, the more I receive. As I appreciate all of God's blessings and dwell in abundance and contentment, even more goodness comes my way.


I choose to live in God's abundance, accepting all the blessings life has to offer.


I tell you, to all those who have, more will be given.--Luke 19:26
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Xtras boss gunned down at home

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Sandra ‘Sandy’ Supersad, general manager of the popular Corporate Area chain of boutiques, Xtra’s, was gunned down Wednesday evening as she drove into her gated apartment complex on Waterloo Avenue in Kingston.


Supersad had reportedly driven her Suzuki SUV into the Waterloo Lawn complex when two men, who had been seen loitering around the complex, forced their way through the gate and approached the vehicle. She was shot three times at close range. Supersad was rushed to the University Hospital of the West Indies in the same vehicle. She was pronounced dead.


Eyewitnesses say the gunmen fled the scene on a bike.
Shock, horror and disbelief was registered on the faces of friends and family members who quickly streamed into the hospital as news of the incident spread across the city.


Supersad’s murder follows sharply on the heels of the brutal killing of the general manager of Tools Hardware, Elva Mullings, who was gunned down in her driveway in Portmore St Catherine exactly one month ago — Monday October 5.





Was Jah Vince beaten or not?

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Check out this Star story…never a dull moment in mix up entertainment.


'Why?' is the response from singer Jah Vinci when asked about rumours circulating on the Internet, that he had been beaten and was planning to leave the Portmore Empire.


Rumours have been circulating on the streets for a while that the singer is unhappy in the Vybz Kartel-led Portmore Empire, but got more intense when it was circulated on the Internet that the singer had been beaten. According to a popular entertainment website in an article that was released yesterday, Jah Vinci was allegedly beaten in his face after commenting that he was unhappy in the Portmore Empire.


denied the rumours


When contacted by THE STAR yesterday however, Jah Vinci whose real name is André Kirk Rhoden, categorically denied the rumours of his beating and about him leaving the Empire. The Portmore Empire has been credited for 'bussing' his career in music. "A lie dat, a rumour" said Jah Vinci, who is known for songs such as Watch Yuh Friends and Wipe Those Tears.


He further commented, "last week mi hear sey mi hand broke and all kinda ting. I've been getting all kinda calls from people sey mi lef Empire - it's not true. Everything is good."


Rumours also claimed that Vybz Kartel, who heads Jah Vinci's management team, was taking huge portions of the payments he received.


However, sources revealed that Jah Vinci complained about this, which led to his beating. There are also claims that photos were taken of the singer after his beating.





November 16 trial for Mr Lexx

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Christopher Palmer aka Mr Lexx case was put off for November 16 after he appeared in courton Monday of this week.


Mr Lexx was arrested and charged with rape in New York last month.


The DJ appeared in court in Queens, New York and his $US 2,500 bail was extended until his next court appearance.


Lexx was arrested after a woman reported to the police that he sexually molested her. It is alleged that the woman was in her room at a hotel in Queens, when the deejay forced himself on her. The police arrested the deejay the next morning.


The deejay, who is known for songs such as Full Hundred and Cook, is stuck in the United States until the matter is settled in court. He is reportedly working on some musical projects while there.







International singer, Bobby Valentino, will be one of the special guests at Gully god Mavado’s Mavado's Birthday Bash "Jagra - Real McKoy," on December 5th at Temple Hall Estate, St Andrew.


Mavado and Bobby Valentino worked on a remix of Bobby's Billboard smash "Hands on Me" together earlier this year, as well as collaborating on other yet-to-be released projects. The "Hands on Me" remix is a big hit on the local Dancehall scene and fans can definitely look forward to seeing Mavado and Bobby V sing the song
for the first time together anywhere.
"I cant wait to come back to Jamaica to see my ladies," said Bobby V, who has performed once before in the island. "Last time I was there it was crazy love and I'm thrilled to return and help Mavado celebrate his birthday in style. I'll be singing all the favourite hits for my females, we just gona do it up big for the Gangsta on his birthday!"


Also celebrating with the Gully god will be huge names
from the local artist and sound system scene like Bounty Killer, Elephant Man, Sizzla, Busy Signal, Wayne Marshall, Flexxx, Chase Cross, Munga, Demarco, Vegas, Stacious, Spice, Lady Saw, the Gully Squad, Stone Love, Swatch, Sky Juice and Boom Boom/


Security is the prime concern of Mavado for his event as he is determined to have another incident-free party where his thousands of fans can come and enjoy the festivities in a safe and secure
environment. Police personnel and private security will be on site at all times to ensure the safety of patrons and their property.


Atlanta-native Bobby Valentino's first single, "Slow Down," became a top 10 hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and #1 R&B single Billboard R&B Singles. Lately he has seen huge success from his single "Beep" and for his unforgettable chorus on Lil Wayne's mega-
hit "Mrs Officer."





Rihanna talk up di tings

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Rihanna finally breaks her silence on the Chris Brown beating. She admits to being strong, foolish and is now advocating that other young girls not be caught in the same trap...check out her interview below





Scences from Weddy Weddy

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Today's Daily Word - Thursday, November 5, 2009

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Guidance


Spirit guides and directs me in all my choices.


Just as a hiker following a map aligns the arrow of a compass with true north, I align myself with the Christ within to discern my way. While I may weigh my choices, research and consider options, or seek to make informed decisions, I turn to Spirit as my unfailing guide.


Making a wise choice is of benefit to me, whether it's a small matter or a life-altering decision. The Christ Spirit is my internal guide supporting my highest good. I create times of quiet listening and know that guidance will come. I have but to seek, to ask and to listen with my mind and heart.


I live confidently, knowing Spirit guides and directs me in all my choices.


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Scenes from Boasy Tuesdays

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As the musical war between the Mavado-led Gully and the Gaza, represented by Vybz Kartel, heats up, one T-shirt manufacturer is making money from the feud.


However, clothing brand Drenz Fashion is dismissing rumours in the street that they are the manufacturers of the controversial garments.
CEO Richie Drenz says he is not a Gaza or Gully fan, he’s a fan of music.


“I don’t believe there is no need for segregation in the music industry. I represent fashion, suh a fashion mi seh, pree we name Drenz Fashion. Mi no need fi put Gaza or Gully to promote my sales,” he is quoted as saying in one newspaper.


Word began circulating that Drenz was producing a line of Gully/Gaza T-shirts after products of similar style and print began to appear on the market.


Richie Drenz, In further clearing his brand, explained that his signature wrong sided stitch, is missing from the Gully/Gaza shirts on the market.


“It would not make any business sense to print Gaza or Gully on my T-shirts when I have spent years creating an independent brand,” he added.


So the question remains, Who is making the Gully/Gaza T-shirts?





Oh no!

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To be young, gifted and black…is a song that a lot of Jamaican personalities will not be singing. The saddest thing about the whole deal is that they actually believe that it’s OK to bleach.


Where is the self love, where is the pride in the mahogany colour…Don’t real know, but check out this story on bleaching carried in the Star. It makes you wonder about the real progress of our people.


Skin bleaching has been a phenomenon, particularly in the poor inner cities, for many years now. Its association with the same socio-economic class as dancehall has manifested in the songs with multiple references to the practice.


One reference that is highly uncommon though is a deejay glorifying the use of bleaching. In steps Lisa Hype, an upcoming deejay who is affiliated with Vybz Kartel's Portmore Empire.


In the song Proud A Mi Bleaching, which was released last month, Lisa Hype explains that she isn't shameful of her skin bleaching practice. Since its release, she said the song has been a hit, especially among women who do it as well.


"Di girl dem seh mi a lock it fi dem this year. A me alone a talk fi dem. Mi nuh know which girl nowadays nah bleach, even fi use likkle Nadinola and rub on fi mek dem face cool.”


"A bleaching a run the place and it all right because dat fi show yuh seh yuh a tek care of yourself."


But not everyone loves it. Prior to her song, there were several artistes who lashed out against the act like Nardo Ranks in Dem A Bleach and Buju Banton in Black Woman.


More recently, Queen Ifrica recorded Mi Nah Rub, in which she sings "di person weh seh black nah wear again insecure wid demself, so nuh follow dem. Mi nah bleach mi nuh care if dat a di trend. Proud to be black."


she liked the look


Lisa Hype says from what she's been hearing, the song "gone".


"People a bun it (bleaching). Nuff a dem a bun it and dem gal a do it. Mi nuh hear nobody lash out against the song. Everybody see mi and seh it gone," Lisa Hype said, while noting that she has been bleaching for about two years because she liked the look.





No obeah round here

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The Jamaican drama continues with a story we saw in the Star. According to the paper an obeah woman was on Friday chased from her Portland community after being accused of casting spells on residents and preventing them from getting visas.


The Portland police yesterday confirmed the incident but noted that the woman is to speak with them later this week.


After telling everyone he was denied the document, the disappointed man was told by family members that he was the third resident recently, to come up empty-handed after visiting the embassy.


As word of the man's failure spread through the community, the other two residents, another man and a woman, came to visit the latest 'victim'.


As they spoke with each other they concluded that they were cursed.


"..For some stupid reason they came up with the idea that they were under obeah," the corporal said.


According to the corporal, information received from other residents also suggests that the three previously had verbal altercations with the woman.


THE STAR was further told that some time around 6 p.m. a group of about a dozen residents went to the obeah woman's house and ordered her to leave the community.


When the woman disobeyed the orders, her house was stoned and a section where she conducted her practice was set on fire.


The mob is also said to have threatened to light the whole house if she chose to remain inside.


It is reported that at that point she agreed to leave and was escorted to a bus stop just outside the community. She has not returned since leaving the area.


After the incident, other residents reportedly made contact with the police and told them of the situation.


The corporal said the police were yesterday contacted by a relative of the woman who requested help. The relative was told to urge the woman to come in and speak with the police in person.


Oh boy, honestly, in this day and age we didn’t think people were still buying into this obeah argument.





THE PRESIDENT'S HALF BROTHER SPEAKS OUT

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President Barack Obama's half brother has broken his media silence to discuss his new novel — the semi-autobiographical story of an abusive parent patterned on their late father, the mostly absent figure Obama wrote about in his own memoir.


In his first interview, Mark Ndesandjo told The Associated Press that he wrote "Nairobi to Shenzhen" in part to raise awareness of domestic violence.


"My father beat my mother and my father beat me, and you don't do that," said Ndesandjo, whose mother, Ruth Nidesand, was Barack Obama Sr.'s third wife. "It's something which I think affected me for a long time, and it's something that I've just recently come to terms with."


Like his novel's main character, Ndesandjo had an American mother who is Jewish and who divorced his Kenyan father. The novel, which goes on sale Wednesday by the self-publishing company Aventine Press, is one of several books in the works by relatives of the president.


President Obama's parents separated two years after he was born in Hawaii in 1961. The senior Obama, a Kenyan exchange student, divorced the president's mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, in 1964 and had at least six other children in his native Kenya.


For the past seven years, Ndesandjo has been living in the booming southern Chinese city of Shenzhen, near Hong Kong, and has refused all interview requests until now.





Rihanna speaks out

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In addition to her sit down with Diane Sawyer this week, Rihanna also opens up in the new Glamour magazine about the leak of the infamous police evidence photo showing her face battered and bruised by then-boyfriend Chris Brown.


"It was humiliating; that is not a photo you would show to anybody," she told the publication. "I felt completely taken advantage of. I felt like people were making it into a fun topic on the internet, and it’s my life. I was disappointed, especially when I found out the photo was (supposedly leaked by) two women."


Two female LAPD officers were suspended in September after the photo was published on gossip site TMZ.com shortly after the assault. Rihanna admits she was not ready for the immediate onslaught of media attention that would follow.


"It has taught me so much. I felt like I went to sleep as Rihanna and woke up as Britney Spears. That was the level of media chaos that happened the next day," she said. "It was like, What, there are helicopters circling my house? There are 100 people in my cul-de-sac? What do you mean, I can’t go back home?"


Rihanna hopes that her ordeal with teen domestic violence can help shed light on the issue.


"Domestic violence is a big secret. No kid goes around and lets people know their parents fight. Teenage girls can’t tell their parents that their boyfriend beat them up. You don’t dare let your neighbor know that you fight," she tells Glamour. "It’s one of the things we (women) will hide, because it’s embarrassing. My story was broadcast all over the world for people to see, and they have followed every step of my recovery.


"The positive thing that has come out of my situation is that people can learn from that. I want to give as much insight as I can to young women, because I feel like I represent a voice that really isn’t heard. Now I can help speak for those women."







Dancehall artiste, Sheldon ‘Aidonia’ Lawrence, who, according to his publicist, is now transcending on a positive path and has shed himself of all negativity, while focusing his efforts on taking his career to that next level. will this Friday, November 6 premier his new video on for the hit single 'Evil Head'.


The video set against the background of Aidonia ridding himself of evil doers and people with malicious intent was shot entirely on location in Port Royal, once known as the wickedest city on Earth. The project also features cameos from fellow J.O.P members Deablo and Surverto.


Director Julia Braham of 1456 Productions said "the video will give people an opportunity to see Aidonia in a different light", the same was concurred by his publicist Shadow who explained that "The artiste Currently his main aim is to complete his debut album slated for release in the coming months".


The single currently one of the most played on the 'Nuh Fear' rhythm compilation was produced by Tarik "Russian" Johnston and Cleveland "Brixton" Scott of Head Concussion Records.


In addition to completing his album, Aidonia is preparing for a very hectic holiday season which includes the highly anticipated Sting 2009 showcase among other local and international gigs.





Today's Daily Word - Wednesday, November 4, 2009

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Magnify



I magnify God's good in my life.


Whatever I focus my thoughts on increases. This is true for all things, wanted and unwanted. Thinking fearful thoughts increases my fear. Focusing on what I love enhances my experience of love.


I magnify all manifestations of good by focusing my thoughts on God. Appreciation is a God-given power tool that magnifies the good in my life. Any time during the day, I can use this tool to reenergize my body, mind and spirit. I appreciate the vitality that flows through my body. I value the clarity of my thoughts and memory. I appreciate the ever-present love of God that lifts my spirits. I am grateful for my ability to magnify God's good in my life.


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Scenes from Uptown Mondays

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Vivian Blake's brother murdered

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The police are theorising that robbery was the motive behind yesterday's murder of Paul Anthony Bruce, brother of former Shower Posse founder Vivian Blake.


Bruce, 50, a businessman was murdered yesterday after gunmen invaded his upscale home in Smokey Vale, St Andrew.


Police reports are that some time after 10 a.m., armed men forced their way into Bruce's home and opened fire.


Bruce was shot and injured and died on the spot.


His personal chef was also shot and injured.


According to investigators, the gunmen tried to escape with Bruce's BMW X6 motorcar but for some reason only made off with its keys.


Blake arrived back in Jamaica earlier this year after spending more than eight years behind bars in the United States.





What a bam bam!

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http://www.jamaica-star.com/images/2009/spacer.gifBut a wha dat a reading in the Star sah? Fi real only in Jamaica you hear bout di wuss tings dem. Imagine a ting like funeral, whey yuh should be a a somber mood a lay di dead to rest, big fight bruck out between wife and matey.


According to whey di story guh, The burial of a St Elizabeth man was on Saturday interrupted after the mother of his child and another woman alleged to be his secret lover knocked fists in full view of the already distressed family members and friends who were there.


According to people at the burial, things were going as planned until Kingsley's babymother arrived.


It is said that upon her arrival about 4 p.m., she immediately and loudly expressed her disgust at the presence of another woman Betty, said to be her 'matie'.


"Yu si from she reach and si di girl, she not even wait she jus' start cuss and a class up di girl," a police source and friend of Kingsley told THE STAR.


Despite attempts to calm her down, the babymother is said to have gone further and allegedly approached Betty, ordering her to leave.


"Di way dem get wild nobody not even did too waa run een fi part dem, dem gwaan wicked star ... . Yu tink a now dem a war, a long time eno. See it deh now di man all dead and dem still a fight," he added.


It was also said that Betty managed to take a pair of scissors from her handbag and stabbed at her 'rival'.


At the end of the bout, the women had to be rushed from the scene as their dresses were ripped, exposing parts of their bodies. In addition, both reportedly suffered bruises, swellings and busted lips.


Bwoy oh bwoy, di ongle ting we can say is a wha dis fada.





Bolt adopts cheetah

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NAIROBI, Kenya - The world's fastest man adopted the animal kingdom's fastest sprinter yesterday, as Usain Bolt welcomed a new baby cheetah named "Lightning Bolt" into his life.


The Jamaican sprinter's sponsorship of the three-month-old male cheetah is part of an effort to boost Kenyan conservation efforts of its famous wildlife, whose survival is threatened by trophy hunting, climate change and human encroachment.


The world record-holder in the 100 and 200 metres paid US$13,700 to formally adopt the cub. He will also pay US$3,000 a year to care for Lighting Bolt, who will be raised at an animal orphanage in Nairobi.





Rihanna on Chris Brown: 'It Can Happen To Anyone'

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In her first interview since her ex-boyfriend Chris Brown attacked her the night before the Grammys, Rihanna opens up to Diane Sawyer about the incident in an interview that will air on 'Good Morning America' and '20/20' later this week, PEOPLE reports.


"This happened to me. ... It can happen to anyone," the 'Umbrella' hitmaker says.


Rihanna explains that dealing with the aftermath was hard because of her feelings for Brown. "He was definitely my first big love."


Brown pleaded guilty to felony assault and was sentenced to probation and community service. He must also stay 100 yards away from his former girlfriend.





Marley heirs wage global war on trademark pirates

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Bob Marley’s heirs are going to great lengths to ensure that that they protect their dad’s trademark. They will be going all out 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.


The Marley name, look and sound are estimated to generate an estimated $600 million a year in sales of unlicensed wares. Legal sales are much smaller - just $4 million for his descendants in 2007, according to Forbes magazine. The Marleys refuse to give a figure.


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.


A representative of the Bobo Ashanti order, a Rastafarian group, also expressed support.


"Bob Marley was and still is a stepping stone for many around the world who seek Rastafari roots and culture," said the Rasta rep who identified himself as the Honorable Prophet Moambeh Acosta in an e-mail. "We can only hope and pray for the (family's) success ... as the task seems insurmountable due to the years of piracy and counterfeiting."


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.





Today's Daily Word - Tuesday, November 3, 2009

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Freedom


I am an expression of the freedom of God.


At home or abroad, I see the world as a place where justice prevails. I envision all people living in a fair, just and peaceful society where they are free to love God and free to be themselves.
Knowing that God the good is present in every person and in every situation, I call upon our leaders to demonstrate that love has no boundaries and that every human being has the divine right to live in peace.


As I exercise my freedom, I choose to discover and experience the goodness of God in all its forms. As I choose to see God's good, I am choosing peace. By choosing peace, I express the truth of God within me.


I am an expression of the freedom of God, contributing to peace and harmony in the world.


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Scenes from Wet Sundays

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Smady finally slap LA Lewis!

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Lawks mi caan laugh, mi know yuh nuh supposed to enjoy when smady get lick, but mi haffi tell di truth. A nuff nuff people inna di streets a laugh like hell bout di story sey Dj Mr G formerly Goofy slap him wid a gun.


Dem sey a long time LA a go round and a meck a nuisance a himself, him gi trouble here suh, him gi trouble dere so, him just nuff suh.


Dem sey it was just a matter a time before smady caan teck nuh more and deal wid him case. Look how him owe di tattoo man money, carry him go court and him same one get ordered fi pay di man! Den di drama wid him and Lady Marsha and a nex one whey dem sey him rip dem off.


Not to mention to di whole heap a ediat press release whey him company LA Lewis Entertprise a send out.


Now, we hope, deh lick deh whey meck him cool him tail and kip quiet…but wi have a feeling dat afta it cool off it a guh be him dat again!





$300,000 bail for Mr. G

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Dancehall deejay Mr G, also known as Goofy, was on Friday granted $300,000 bail in the Gun Court, following an incident with wannabe entertainer LA Lewis.


It is alleged that Mr. G pulled his licensed firearm on Lewis, but according to Mr. G’s lawyers it was in self-defence as LA Lewis, a trained dispute resolution mediator, allegedly attacked their client with a machete.


Mr. G, whose real name in Chad Simpson, was ordered to surrender his travel documents and will return to court on November 27. Simpson, who is represented by attorneys Tom Tavares-Finson and Chris Tavares-Finson, turned himself into the police on October 27, a day after his run-in with Lewis.


Mr. G was charged with illegal possession of a firearm and robbery with aggravation.


On Friday, the court was told Lewis, who is a jack of all trades in the entertainment fraternity, was given $10,000 by Mr G to distribute posters for a dance. Lewis reportedly failed to carry out his duties and was asked by Mr G to return the money.
It’s further alleged that Lewis returned $7,000 but refused to hand over the rest, which caused an altercation., during which LA Lewis reportedly attacked Mr. G with a machete. Mr G, in turn reportedly pulled his licensed firearm. Reports are that LA Lewis’ cell phone was confiscated as compensation for the balance of the money.
Lewis, its is further alleged, was relieved of his cell phone in return for the outstanding money.





Too many people dying on the road

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By Rootzgirl


My heart nearly broke on Saturday, while reading about the accident along the Whitehouse main road in Westmoreland on Friday. He was celebrating his birthday and making big plans for a birthday party. The accident happened about 5:30 pm according to the police. His blue Lexus (Altezza) was travelling from the Farm district direction towards Whitehouse when the driver lost control and hit a coaster bus before colliding with a white delivery truck. Police said that all three men in the car died on the spot.


According to the Star one witness was reported as saying the accident as nothing he has ever seen. "The car is crumbled beyond recognition believe me one of the men in the car, his head got chopped off to how the accident bad. This is the worse," the man said. "I saw it from the beginning, Mackie (the driver) drove passed the bar and as he looked across his eyes and mine made 'four' then the car was like something from Tokyo Drift


The sad thing about it all is that instead of a happy birthday celebration three families are now in mourning.


The road death clock is ticking away and no one is taking note. Drivers are still being careless, they somehow think that they will be the lucky ones to speed and take chances and escape.


Yardflex would like to take the opportunity to warn motorists to be careful. Speed indeed kills.


The government is spending so much money in road safety campaign and it’s not even registering on these drivers.


Passengers, whether you are in a public transport vehicle or a friend is giving you a lift…do not allow them to be careless with it.





Michael Jackson documentary sell off!

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This Is It has earn ed over $101 million in its global debut. It topped the US Box office with $21.3 million. Even in death Michael’s pull is still very strong.


Sony announced it is extending the film's domestic run through Thanksgiving weekend, or by three weeks – which means that the movie's DVD release has also been pushed back by roughly the same amount of time.


The disc was originally set to be released prior to Christmas, but due to a regulation that usually forces studios to wait a minimum 90 days before releasing a new film to DVD, "This Is It" will now make its debut in late January or early February, 2010, according to the Los Angeles Times. Hollywood Reporter columnist Roger Friedman says the DVD release date will be Jan 20.


Overseas, the studio will decide whether to extend the film's theatrical run on a territory by territory basis.


"This is It," which opened Tuesday night, grossed an estimated $32.5 in its 5 ½ day domestic bow from 3,481 runs. It ran on 15,000 screens worldwide.


Friedman points out that "This is It" is on track to be the third-largest-grossing documentary in history, putting it right behind Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 911? and “Earth,” and ahead of Moore’s other films, as well as Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” and Madonna’s “Truth or Dare.”


It could get better, it is possible that the documentary could be submitted for Acasdemy award consideration.





BEBE WINANS' EX-WIFE 'HURT' BY OPRAH

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TMZ.com has tracked down the ex-wife of gospel star BeBe Winans to get her reaction to his continued appearances on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" despite his ongoing domestic violence case.


In February, Debra Winans made headlines after accusing her ex-husband of shoving her to the ground in front of their two kids, ages 10 and 13. According to the report, the two had a "verbal altercation" regarding "custody issues dealing with their children."


In light of Winfrey's stand against domestic violence, and particularly Chris Brown, who has pleaded guilty to assaulting then-girlfriend Rihanna, Debra Winans tells TMZ she's "hurt by Oprah's decision to have BeBe on the show."


Ironically, BeBe's arrest in February came one day before Oprah aired her domestic violence special in response to the Chris Brown case.


With a domestic violence charge pending until another court hearing next year, BeBe was on "Oprah" Friday to promote "Still," his new gospel album with sister CeCe. He is also the host of "Oprah's Karaoke Challenge," a nationwide competition to find the best karaoke singer.


Round 1 of the challenge will air on Thursday (Nov. 5).


Well jackass did say the world nuh level, don’t?





Today's Daily Word - Monday, November 2, 2009

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Art of Giving


I give from the Christ of my Being.


When I think of giving as an art--a creative expression of my Christ Light--I pour more of myself into giving. I tune in to ways I can support others and give meaningful gifts that will delight the receiver.


Divine ideas come to mind as I shift my focus away from "things" to the art of true giving. As I write a letter to a friend with whom I've lost contact or give an encouraging smile to a struggling stranger, I know that just what is needed is mine to give. I am inspired to give more as new creative expressions of giving come to mind. Knowing that the circle of giving is also receiving, I am grateful for all that I give and all that I receive.


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Today's Daily Word - Sunday,November,1, 2009

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In the Flow


I live in the divine flow of love and life.


Today I claim my divine birthright. I am a child of God, immersed in the energy of light, love and joy. Regardless of any outer appearances, I know that all things are working together for my highest good. I have faith that divine love supports and sustains me in all circumstances. As I relax and accept my blessings, I freely move toward even greater good.


I have faith in God's great love for me. In deepest gratitude, I realize that God's love is unconditional, freely given and freely experienced. Love spills over into all areas of my life. What a joy it is to live in the divine flow of life and love!


Let anyone who is thirsty come to me, and let the one who believes in me drink. As the scripture has said, "Out of the believer's heart shall flow rivers of living water."--John 7:37-38


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It's a crying shame

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The other day Irie Fm aired a story about this place in Brown's Town, St Ann called Shanty Town. Now their plight was highlighted about from them live there until now, the people them don't have running water.


It so bad that one of the children took sick and when she went to the doctor and opened her mouth to answer his question a tape worm fell from her mouth!


Chat! went down there and did a follow up story, further highlighting their plight.


A tourist who was made aware of their situation bought two big tanks for the area to help alleviate the situation.


Same time the MP for the area come on Ire FM. This morning a hear Ron Muschette a talk how the tourist refused to go in the studio with the MP.


Mi nuh blame the tourist at all.


It's a crying shame any way you look at it





Scenes from Olivia aka Nioma

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Beenie Man bad mind?

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Di odda day wi watching Entertainment Report and dem a interview Isaiah Laing from Supreme Promotions. Him a respond to a comment whey Beenie Man meck bout Sting. Him sey him nuh know why Beenie sey it, but Beenie Man mussi get bad mind like Bounty Killer! A wah dis fada. Laing sey all who a look fi Beenie Man pon Sting stage caan nuh badda look cause him nuh want Beenie Man dere. Wi wanda a whey Beenie coulda duh suh, fi get ban from Sting stage. All di same, win uh too feel it dis year, cause di best clash dem have is a graffiti artist and Mr G…wi star yawm aready.





Today's Daily Word - Monday, November 30, 2009

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World Peace


I see God in every face.


When I witness discord among people, I may wonder how we can live together in peace. Divisions polarize, but I can be part of a peaceful alternative.


I know that all people originate from the same divine source. Every person of every faith, tradition, lifestyle and nationality is a child of God. We are all members of the same spiritual family. Even though family members may not always agree, we are all bound together by the love of God. Like spokes on a wheel, no matter which direction each of us points, we all connect at the center.


As I look into the faces of my spiritual brothers and sisters, I see the light of God in every face, and I send them love. This season, I give the gift of peace to all.


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Looks like a Gully/Gaza weekend

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It look like it’s gonna be a Gaza/Gully weekend coming up. Bolt a have him super party Saturday night inna St Ann, with him deejay Vybz Kartel as one of him special guest and the Gully god Mavado a have fi him birthday party the same night, inna Temple Hall. A wonder a which one a dem a go get the biggest support. Gully and Gaza to the flippin’ world! is all we can say.





Clash bill reach $18 M and growing

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So wid Kartel $13 million and Ele $5 million, that a $18 million. So how much Bounty and Flippa a go want? It is really not funny.
And the Sting promoter dem a bawl already how dem don’t have no sponsor and how things tight. But dem say that every year and still the show go on.


But, as we say, if Sting want full house like last year, dem haffi go provide the clash between the two real big man -- Vybz and Bounty.





Sting just a walk round a look fi clash

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After 20-odd years is time Sting get it right. First, dem come wid de fool-fool clash with Goofy, who hardly have a career and the graffiti clown LA Lewis, who will never have a career. Next we see Laing a try draw out poor Ele, how Flippa did waan clash wid him but it look like Ele fraid. And, the next ting you know, we see how Ele want $5 milion fi clash wid Flippa. Right now, dem don’t have a show, cause everybody know she Sting patron a go deh fi raw meat. A just clash straight and if Sting cyan provide that, then the show a go flop.







Former 100-meter world-record holder, Tim Montgomery, certainly held nothing back in the interview with the British newspaper. From the reason why he started taking performance enhancing steroids, to the intimate details of his relationship with partner and fellow sprint star, Marion Jones, he told it all.


Montgomery, in an interview with The Times of London newspaper from a federal prison in Alabama, where he is serving time for bank fraud and drug dealing, said he took the drugs because he wanted to beat American sprint rival Maurice Greene and become the fastest man in the world.


He said he and former partner Marion Jones stored their steroids in the refrigerator "next to the vegetables."


"Maurice got in my head real bad," Montgomery said in the interview, which was published Friday. "I wanted everything that he had."
Montgomery criticizes Greene for "clowning the other athletes." And it was after the 1999 world championships in Seville, Spain, that Montgomery decided do something.


"I would give anything to be the world's fastest," said Montgomery, who left coach Steve Riddick and joined doping-tainted coach Trevor Graham. "I wouldn't let anything get in my way."


Montgomery never tested positive for drugs, but he was linked to the BALCO doping investigation and has admitted that he doped before the 2000 Sydney Olympics. He retired in December 2005 after the Court of Arbitration for Sport banned him from track and field for two years.


Montgomery said he and Jones became an item in 2002 after spending several hours talking on a flight to Rome.


"Two hours later we were alone in a hotel room together. Two weeks after that we were crowned the world's fastest couple. And six months after that she was pregnant," said Montgomery, who added that Jones could make herself cry for the cameras.


Despite his success, Montgomery said Jones was the "prima donna" of Graham's group of track athletes, and added that he was dating her for the public and not for himself.


"An athlete can be so consumed by being great," Montgomery said. "And we were too similar, we both wanted to achieve at any cost and you can't have two people like that together."


Last year, Jones served six months in prison for perjury in the BALCO case. She never tested positive for doping, but was stripped of her five medals from the Sydney Games after admitting that she was doping at the time.


Montgomery is now in a minimum-security prison in Montgomery, Ala., and works as a landscaper. But he said he has had some tough moments since being locked up, including having to beat up a pedophile cellmate in a New York prison because otherwise "the other inmates would have thought I was soft."





Today's Daily Word - Sunday, November 29, 2009

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Hope


My faith in God fills me with hope and confidence.


Gazing at the night sky, I perceive the shining stars as symbols of God's all-encompassing presence. Such natural beauty fills me with wonder and faith. At such times I say, "Thank You, God, for this beautiful expression of Your provision."


I affirm my faith through all of life's joys and challenges. If I experience anything less than vitality and strength, I focus my attention on God's constant life-giving presence in nature and in me. I am continuously renewed in mind, body and spirit by divine life and energy.


My faith is strengthened and my hope is renewed through my conscious awareness of God expressing in and around me.


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Scenes from Xpression Thurdays

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Scenes from Street Vybz Thrusdays

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Today's Daily Word - Saturday, November 28, 2009

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Joy


My soul sings a song of joy.


Many different activities connect me to the joy that is deep within me. Being enveloped by the silence of a snowfall may fill me with quiet joy. Listening to a choir or joining in the singing of my favorite songs may lift my spirits.


The simple touch of a loved one's hand or the gentle support of a caregiver may lighten my heart. Lighting a candle, saying a prayer and blessing a meal can all be sources of joy in my day.


Whatever the activity, I realize joy when my mind is fixed on finding Spirit within each of my experiences. True and lasting joy comes from within--from God, the Source of every joy.


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Scenes from KLAS School Tour

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PM Lists Gaza/Gully Among Bad Influences on Society

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Prime Minister the Hon. Bruce Golding has listed the current gaza/gully conflict among the negative influences destroying Jamaicans' self-confidence.


"We as a society must unite around some basic principles, some agreement as to what is right and wrong, good and bad; what will uplift and what will destroy. The gully/gaza conflict is just one example of the negative influences that destabilise us as a people and destroy our confidence in ourselves," the Prime Minister said.


Mr. Golding, who was speaking at the Jamaica Labour Party's (JLP) annual conference at the National Arena on Sunday, said that the problem of crime is not just a result of economic difficulties, but was also a product of social disorientation.


He assured Jamaicans, however, that the security forces are intensifying their operational strategies to combat crime and violence.


"The Government is providing all the support it can for the security forces, within the limits of the available resources," he said.


He assured that the work to transform the police force, to root out corruption from within its ranks and to strengthen the dedicated policemen and policewomen who work hard and risk their lives for the public, will continue.


He said that efforts were also being made to build trust among the communities and the police, so that they can become vital partners in the fight against crime.





Muta de pon TV

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Bwoy wi teck in Muta di odda night a talk bout water and wi get di feeling if a sey all di obsess wi a get bout dis spring water ting, it not as clean as we surmise. Still wi find it interesting, him talk to all kind a expert and tings. But dat woan be di ongle ting him a talk bout. Him a guh even deeper inna di water issues cause him a explore why people fraid fi drink pipe water, and why dem tink sey dem caan boil it and drink. Di programme deh pon CVM and it name Simply Muta, it a come every Monday 9:30. According to him him gwine be talking up a lot of tings suh wi kinda intrigued by di fuss one, so wi a guh meck sure gi it a nex’ press Monday night again.





Santa's coming for Garfield's Christmas Wonderland

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Santa will be heading to Jamaica for four fun-filled nights, three of which will be spent on the grounds of Hope Gardens where Garfield's Christmas Wonderland will take place from Friday, December 18 - Sunday, December 20. After that he will take off for Christmas around the world!


That's not the only fun that will be in store for the young and young at heart. Over the three days there will be tonnes of activities for the entire family.


Apart from the Garfield live show that will be done twice per day, there will be live 60-minute theatre (limited seating available). Attractions at the park will include Candy Land, Santa's Village, Scotiabank's interactive children's lounge, KFC Chicky's Land and games, DC Comics cartoon characters, local characters, live Garfield the cat show for kids, rides and games, Honey Bun Ginger Bread House, petting zoo, yoga classes for kids, Coco Jam Lounge, Café Blue Chill Area, face-painting, picture-taking, Chubby's amusement park and Fruta lounge area.


Honey Bun will be pumping up the vibes with eight bears each day of the event and they'll be teaching kids the Hanna Montanna dance, baking with them as well as assisting with a treasure hunt.


Garfield's Christmas Wonderland is sponsored by the Observer, TVJ, KFC and Pizza Hut, Scotiabank, New Line Motors, Jamaica Beverages, ATL, JIIC, JPS, Honey Bun, Marksman, King Alarm, Café Blue, Jamaica Pegasus, ATL, Jamaica Biscuit Company, Tru Juice, Breezes, Trident, Guardsman Group, among others, and is endorsed by the Jamaica Tourist Board, the Ministry of Education and the Child Development Agency.


Limited pre-sold tickets are available at Copy Cat, Training Camp (all locations), Young's Pharmacy in May Pen, In Motion in Mall Plaza, GymKana in Hilton, Broadway Surprise in Clock Tower, Coco Jam in Barbican, Mail Box in Montego Bay.





Bolt to di world!

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Indirectly Ambassador the Hon USain Bolt, OJ will be aiding his home parish Trelawny with the auctioning of a replica of the record-breaking shoes he wore when he posted the terrific times on the board.


The shoes will be auctioned by the Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS) to fund its new LifeSEED's Youth Vision project in Bolt's district of Sherwood Content in Trelawny.


The shoes, now on display at the Renaissance Marriott Hotel in Washington, DC, USA will be auctioned within another two weeks.


President of ICS, Dr. Claire Nelson said that the shoes were designed and donated by Puma and autographed by Bolt.


Dr. Nelson explained that the LifeSEED (Life Skills Empowerment and Entrepreneurial Development) programme seeks to provide young people of the Caribbean with the crucial skills and resources needed to be self-directed, gainfully employed, and equipped to secure their livelihoods and reach their goals.


"We firmly believe that the youth have the strong ability to be productive, thriving, and contributing members of society, if we emphasise the importance of hard work and determination and provide them with vital resources," said Dr. Nelson





Brighter prospect for HIV positive persons

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Things are looking up for those who have tested positive with the HIV virus. They now have access to a special fund – just for them.


The announcement was made in a message delivered by Head of the Ministry of Health's HIV/STI Programme, Dr. Kevin Harvey on behalf of Minister of Health, Hon. Rudyard Spencer, at the launch of World AIDS Day and the HIV/STI Programme's new anti-stigma campaign on Tuesday at Jamaica House in Kingston.


Mr. Spencer highlighted statistics, which show that a number of persons were missing their clinic appointments and their antiretroviral treatment because of lack of bus fare to go to the clinics or a lack of food to take with the medication.


"We have taken steps to address this through an income generating project, which was funded as part of the Global Fund ( to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria) Round 7 Grant to the tune of $70 million. This initiative targets persons living with and affected by HIV/AIDS in low income community settings. It will cater to the self-identified social support needs of these persons in order to improve economic well-being and sustain reliable sources of income," he informed.


Mr. Spencer said the National AIDS Committee will serve as a major recruitment arm through its 14 branches island wide, along with certain entities, including non-governmental organisations with a proven track record of working with persons living with HIV/AIDS and other vulnerable groups.


Grants will be given to an association or group of persons living with or affected by HIV/AIDS, an individual living with or affected by the virus or an individual whose situation makes him vulnerable to contracting the virus.





YardFlex Top 10 Chart

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Today's Daily Word - Friday, November 27, 2009

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Sacred Space


In the sacred space of prayer, I am renewed.


Jesus advised us to "pray always." He knew the importance of finding a sacred space where one could retreat from the outer activities of the day and rest in quiet, contemplative prayer.


My sacred space may be a specific room in my home or a favorite garden. It may be a chapel or sanctuary I often visit. I can create a sacred space for myself, whether I retreat to a physical place or to a place in consciousness. The important thing is that I take time to be with God, to rest my mind and body, and to renew my spirit. In my sacred space I relax, breathe deeply and release the cares of the day. I allow the presence of God to fill me in mind, body and soul, and I am renewed.


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Kartel loses his vybz; sinks to a new low

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I think Kartel has lost it. I understand borrowing Mavado's melody and chanting style and trying to make it big for himself this year but what he is doing now is just too disgusting. He has got to a point where he is killing dancehall and destroying the lives of its listeners in da process.


I understand it was hard fi him last year and he had to fight hard to buss again. He tried every trick in da book and most of it worked. Clashing wid di biggest artist of 2008 and copying each one of his moves. Mavado was di first artiste to make a big tune fi an athlete and it was not because Asafa Powell said "gully" but di man just said he liked Mavado's singing style and voice. Now Kartel decided to make a ting called Gaza when Mavado was singing about di Gully side from di start. And even Kartel did sing bout Gully side when he was hanging with Mavado and Bounty Killer. Because him realise how Mavado make it big, he created a rival side to copy every one of Mavado's moves. Kartel used this Gully vs Gaza to the extreme by influencing the biggest artistes in the world to not say he likes Kartel's music but to say he is for Gaza, "the side". These desperate measures are not only destroying Dancehall but destroying Jamaica. Kartel, who used to be da biggest artist in Dancehall has shown dat he cant buss again from just doing music but his career depends on autotune, causing controversy, imitating other artistes, engineering falsehoods and manipulating young and naive aspiring artists.


Recently Kartel sunk to da lowest with the release of the picture of his purported partner and protege performing an oral sexual act to a man who is believed to be Kartel himself. For someone who has made a following and a lot of money through singing songs against such an act (oral sex) and many other evil acts this is disappointing. Who knows how many other things he sings against but still goes on and do? The act which was depicted in that image is one such when one person does it on the other, the one receiving it also has do reciprocate so did the man in the picture bow, after the female played her part of the game?


Prominent members from Kartel's camp have been heard openly condoning dangerous acts such as bleaching and the lady mentioned before has sung a song endorsing it. In a community dat is suffering this is uncalled for and Kartel and his camp need to be held responsible for their actions. Oh, and by the way, this is camp which our distinguished athlete chooses to endorse. I don’t encourage him to endorse any of the two but rather to say musics.
People see him as an ambassador. Mi bredda, you are like a diplomat and what you are doing right now no make you name look good.






TEMPO TURNS FOUR… possibly no more.

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The kick off of the TEMPO anniversary was held in St. Croix but the fourth edition did not come in that tough. Yardflex was bombarded with calls regarding the TT4 show. Inside sources told Yardflex that the Govenor of Virgin Islands put in USD $300,000 to help get the Tempo show off the ground. Despite those high figures how ever, staff members and those helping with the show were not paid. In fact, workers from channel 12 were hired to the do the event and no craft service were provided until they later complained. Spectators who came out stood in the rain well into the early hours in the morning for Shabba Ranks but the show which was already lacking in vibes, was killed by long speeches by Mr. Tempo (The same speech given at every Tempo event so far). Shabba’s performance was far from his usual that we have grown to know and love. First off, Shabba was on tracks – no band. Shabba did not hit the stage until just after 5am to a minimal crowd and actually ended his set early by throwing down the mic. As usual TEMPO had a rather similar line up for their anniversary including the main talent Frederick Morton Jr. and his protégé Ziggy Rankin. Tarrus Riley did his best given nature of the show.


Many insiders say since losing their original frontline (Jah Bami, Lydia Patel Empress Jeanille, Anuscha, Jabba and Dahved Levy) that the life of the channel has simply gone. Rumors are going around St. Croix and throughout the Caribbean that this Tempo Turns 4 may be their last edition. What remains positive is their Badness Outta Style campaigns which aims to unify the region and eradicate violence would not have been possible without the vision of Mr. King. We’ll see what happens in Grenada.





Today's Daily Word - Thursday, November 26, 2009

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Thanksgiving


I savor God's blessings.


Today is the perfect day to appreciate the many blessings in my life. I pray a prayer of thanksgiving, expressing gratitude for each beloved friend and family member, each special tradition, each lovingly prepared plate of food.


Whether I am enjoying a Thanksgiving feast or a quiet meal, I stop for a moment to give thanks for my sustenance, for the opportunity to serve and for another day of health and well-being.


I give thanks for this day as a day of peace, a day of oneness, a day of celebration and a day of love. I am blessed beyond measure.
You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, who has dealt wondrously with you.--Joel 2:26
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Tarrus Riley - Love's Contagious

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Scenes from Sting Launch 2009

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Scenes from Boasey Tuesdays

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Lisa Hype get a birthday beating

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People inna di street have it fi seh the real First Lady of di Gaza di have a hell beaten line up fi Lisa Hype, but di President put in on himself. Some people a call it ‘domestic dispute’, and say she never really get no big big lick fi send har go hospital, is just a lickle touch up. But whateva dem waan call it, a still di same ting, she get a buss ass, right inna her birthday week to. But at leasti t never bad like the beaten what people say Jahvinci get, but him say him neva get. Lisa Hype haffi go try do something fi get back inna her boss good book cause da Christmus yah nah look too pretty fi her pon di Gaza.





Rest In Peace, Squingy

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YardFlex sends out our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the late Bass Odyssey selector, Kevin ‘Squingy’ Bennett.


He had been ailing for some time, passed away Tuesday morning, while a patient at a hospital in Tampa, Florida.


According to a Bass Odyssey release, "Squingy was a legend, a product of natural, raw talent. It is with much grief that we must inform the public that he is no longer among us.


"At 6:40 am on Tuesday November 24, we were informed of his death in a hospital in Tampa, Florida. It is reported that his lungs collapsed which led to the failure of his other organs."


Just last week, news surface that Squingy was critically ill and had been hospitalised. According to the statement from the sound system, "A little over five years ago, he was diagnosed with a terminal illness. Although there is no cure he had been receiving adequate treatment in both Jamaica and the United States. At this time we extend gratitude to those who have helped us to support and maintain Squingy's life until now as that in itself is a miracle from the Almighty."


“Squingy was a proud, loyal and dedicated member of the Bass Odyssey family "who bravely fought this obstacle to the final second and lived his life to the fullest in light of the surrounding circumstances".


"We appeal to the true Squingy friends and family, the loyal Bass Odyssey fans and supporters of the music that effort be made to preserve his important legacy and contribution. Let us bury the man as a legend.


"We maintain that we have always supported Squingy and the entire staff and in extension Alexandria community have stood by his side 100 per cent. Keith Walford and Kirky C are making the necessary arrangements to ship his body to Jamaica where he will receive an honourable burial.”


Date and place will be announced soon.





But a whey Laing a offer inna di Sky Box

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Everybody waa know a wha Laing a offer people inna di Sky Box why di ticket price set a US $5000. No sah dat sound like him waan use dat dey money pay di artistes dem and den kip di gate receipts. Tink bout it US$5000 per person a over $400,000 Jamaican fi one night…a whey dem a guy eat and drink suh? Mi head a hurt mi.





Lawks!!!

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Mr G really a guh clash wid dancehall clown LA Lewis? Lawks a mercy, mi nearly drop dung when mi si di section inna di Sting lineup name Dancehall Face Off and LA Lewis and Mr G face pop up. But a wha kina careless date eh. A pure laughing di people dem did a duh a di launch.





What a bag a confusion

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Sting 2009 have dem big launch a di Pegasus Bar lounge last night and mi a tell yuh mi nearly faint. Cause di place pack nuh hell and everyting did come een like a one big bag a confusion. People cram up, yuh caan walk free, di likkle area just chuck up suh. Fi real after twenty odd years a dis ting you woulda tink sey every year di launch woulda get hotter and hotter.





Today's Daily Word - Wednesday, November 25, 2009

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Protected


The presence and power of God protect my loved ones and me.


God is everywhere present--within me and those I hold dear. If I am concerned about something or someone, I release my concern and rest in the comforting presence of divine love and light. Letting tension fall away, I allow my faith to well up as the assurance of God's presence.


Placing my faith in the power of God, I am safe, secure and protected. I affirm this truth for my family, friends and community, for God is our indwelling power and protective shield. Confident and at peace, I am free to fully engage in the activities of this day and to sleep well as day becomes night, for I know the presence and power of God protect me and my loved ones.


Our soul waits for the Lord; he is our help and shield. --Psalm 33:20
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Scenes from Uptown Mondays

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Despite reports that Dancehall deejay Vybz Kartel has rejected rival deejay Mavado's olive branch by turning down his birthday party invitation, Kartel maintains that he is willing to put aside differences with his arch-musical-rival to call for an end to violence associated with the Gaza/Gully feud, particularly among high school students.


Both artists have been slammed by the local media, as reports of increasing violence at local schools between fans of the Portmore, or 'Gaza,' Empire led by Vybz Kartel and the Gully Squad led by Mavado continue to flood the news, causing even the government to be concerned about mounting social tensions stemming from the feud between the two entertainers.


On Friday, the Jamaica Star newspaper reported that Mavado was calling for an end to the Gaza/Gully war by inviting Vybz Kartel to attend his birthday party at Temple Hall on December 5th. The paper stated that Mavado's management said they wanted to publicly invite Kartel to make peace once and for all, as a show of unity to the nation.


"I will not be able to attend (Mavado's event) due to previously planned engagements," states Adidja 'Vybz Kartel' Palmer invitation, citing commitments to Usain Bolt's 9.58 SuperParty and an event in Linstead on the same night. "What I think is the best way to solidify in the minds of the children that this Gaza/Gully feud is merely music, is not to accommodate a historic 'burning of the peace pipe' at a commercial, adult oriented event, but rather in the high schools where bouts of violence due to our feuding are most prominent," states Kartel "When a date for that is set, I will readily appear."


Vybz Kartel has repeatedly spoken out against violence within the island's schools, condemning the sale of 'Gaza buttons' and other paraphernalia depicting violent images of the feud in Corporate Area Schools earlier this month. This year, Vybz Kartel has released the singles "Teenage Pregnancy" with Portmore Empire artist Gaza Kim, and the "Schooler's Anthem" with Gaza Kim and fellow Empire artist Jah Vinci, bringing awareness to social issues affecting teens and encouraging them to stay in school.





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By Rootzgirl


Now I’ve seen and heard it all! Yesterday I was reading the Star and I had to read again to make sure I wasn’t reading doubles. It is alleged that two thieves are in hospital after falling from an ackee tree in which they clashed after meeting up on each other.


Now bear with me here, first of all the tree doan belong to neither of them, so considering both were trespassing, why couldn’t they just pick their ackees and go their way…and hope of course that the owner didn’t catch any of them!


No that didn’t happen, according to the paper on Saturday, the two men had a fight while in the fruit tree and eventually fell a number of feet crashing to the ground and ending up in hospital with injuries.


Neither of the men lived at the yard in which the tree is located.


According to Corporal Desmond Samuels of the St Mary police, the men are well known for preying on fruit trees in sections of the parish.


Reports are that about 4 p.m., one of the men made his way on to a premises at Castleton in the parish and began climbing the ackee tree.


The owner of the home was reportedly at work at the time. The thief was surprised by another man who was already in the tree.


The police said residents heard the men arguing over who should stay and who should leave.


With both men adamant on filling their scandal bags, a fight then ensued as the men displayed their agility by swinging from limb to limb and throwing blows at each other.


"A number of persons from the community came out to see the two men in action. The men actually fought each other and were still in the tree," the corporal told the paper.


What seemed a bit of humour at first, got scary after the two men fell from the tree.


After falling both men could only cry out for help and could not move.


The same residents who were laughing at first, had to scramble for transportation to take the men to hospital where they remained up to yesterday.


Honestly, this is getting ridiculous, hanging from tree limbs, fighting, I have to imagine that they thought they were Superman and Spiderman.


Oh boy, holla at us with your views.





Bounty ‘addi Teacha’ at Hennessey Artistry

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If addiction to Hennessey separates the real man dem from the boys, then it was a case of “nuff man deh yah” at the Cable & Wireless Golf Academy on Saturday night. The beloved ‘Henny’, as it is called with reverence by dancehall addicts and others, was naturally the drink of choice and, bwoy, did it ever flow!


Some say it was the Henny that loosened Bounty’s tongue and had the deejay in a mood almost as black as his clothes and spitting fire at all and sundry. The Killer was ‘di Teacha’ and there was no stopping him.


“The other day I read a headline that said ‘Bleaching Crisis’. Oonu know what the word ‘crisis’ mean?” asked Teacher Pryce, after which he went on to provide the definition. Of course, his anti-bleaching campaign was directed at his nemesis Vybz Kartel, the Gaza president who is accused of bleaching out his skin.


The Killer performed his song, Can’t Believe Mi Eyes and changed up one line to comment, “Mi cyan believe say Kartel really a bleach.” Rodney ‘Bounty Killer” Pryce, was in a no-nonsense mood and made it known. “Parents have a responsibility to bring up their children proper but artistes have a responsibility to sing good songs,” said the Alliance head honcho. He was critical of those who were wearing their pants “under dem batty” and, believe it or not, he also cried shame on the males who wear tight pants.


In between his lessons to his eager ‘students’, Bounty delivered a slew of songs from his extensive repertoire . He dismissed Kartel ‘s intended diss, through a release sent to the press on the weekend in which he called the Killer a ‘dinosaur’.


In addition to Bounty, Lady Saw and Queen Ifirica represented well. Beenie was not his usual high energy self, and Ele, in a surprise move, brought on stage Gully girl, Ishawna, the inspiration for one of Vybz Kartel’s popular songs. Both she and Ele got very cosy on stage as they performed a steamy song they recently recorded.


At the end of their performance, Ele declared that First Lady Ishawna buss. We look forward to seeing them on Sting.





Today's Daily Word - Tuesday, November 24, 2009

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Pass It On


I share from the abundance of God.


What do a sincere compliment, a useful idea and a usable piece of furniture or household item have in common? They are each something of value I can share with others. As I do, I make room in my life for more.


My giving ripples outward. What I give continues to be passed on as a perpetual blessing of love from one person to another. We all participate in the stream of consciousness in which giving and receiving are a way of life. We share in the abundance of God available to every person, everywhere.


"Give, and it will be given to you." These words guide me in living and sharing an abundant life.


Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap.--Luke 6:38
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Scenes from Passion Sundays

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Scences from Wet Sundays

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Ele high unda Ishawna?

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What really a gwaan wid Ele and and Ishawna. A how di two a dem so lovey dovey pon stage and a wine up wine up and all these tings ova di Henny party Saturday night? Bout di two a dem go inna studio and record two new song together. To rhatid, everybody is a singer or a deejay. And Ele all a call up Foota name. We all hear Ele a style up Ishawna as di first lady and a say how she buss now. But a coulda what this? Look out fi di two a dem pon Sting.





Lisa Hype party still a go keep Thursday?

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So like how the Gaza president nuh inna nutten wid Lisa Hype, what a go happen to her birthday party. People a say it look like it nah go can keep cause a pere bawling she still deh pon and plus she and her boss no inna nutten right now. But a wha she coulda did do so fi mek her boss a treat har so? At least him coulda did wait till after di girl have her birthday bashment fi expose dem dirty deeds.





A nuh gangsta behaviour dat

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A dat a di message Mavado send to Kartel pon stage ova Hennessey on Saturday. And everybody know what him was talking about. We nuh know how Gaza a go live dung di ya one. It’s not pretty at all. Di other three Gaza princess dem better tek sleep and mark death cause you know how these tings go. These sex pictures like company -- remember Milk and Candace? And it come in like seh one mix-up monkey let loose ya now, so all di gangster and gangstress dem who know dem hide and lick better be prepared fi di judgement when dem picture release.





Mavado reaches out but…

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According to a story in the Star Mavado and his team are reaching out to Vybz Kartel for him to perform on his birthday bash, scheduled to take place on Saturday, December 5 at Temple Hall Estate.


But come to think of it, why would they think that Kartel would pass up the chance to perform on the Bolt’s Super 9.58 party – the athletics hero who publicly sanctioned Kartel as his DJ?


Fi real man use another occasion to make peace, how about doing a combination single and doing a song that tell the schoolers to stop the separation with the Gully/Gaza foolishness.





We want Reneto

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A wha dem a deal wid, wha meck dem nah consider Reneto Adams fi di post a Commissioner of Police. Fi real man, wi tink sey him coulda do a very good job.When all is said and done, him look like him can handle tings. But den again, wi caan si di government a put Reneto inna dat dey position, but is a pity dough…it woulda be nice di effect him woulda have pon di country.





Bring in the JDF!

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Honestly I was watching the news on TVJ and I had to smile when IO saw The Jamaica Defense Force (JDF), Chief of Defense Staff, Major General Stewart Saunders on the news. It is his view that the soldiers should be called in to handle the hot spots as Police cannot deal with it.


What does the country have to lose by bring them in? Not a thing, if he thinks that they can sort things out, then the government should have been hastily trying to prove him right.


Crime is at an all time high in Jamaica, one have to wonder just what it will take to see peace at last in the country. I smiled at his statement because I wondered if they really know what they would be getting into…but still the thought of peace at last was enough to keep the smile on my face.


I hope Bruce is paying attention and as I write, I hope he is already drafting a proposal for them.l Let’s see how this one plays out nuh. What do you think…is the colonel right?





Marley to wear richest dead celebrity crown?

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Reggae icon Bob Marley died 28 years ago and he is poised to challenge Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson for the title of richest dead celebrity, according to a story in Fortune.


Hilco Consumer Capital, a Toronto-based private-equity firm has struck a management deal with the Marley estate, which is expected to generate worldwide annual sales in excess of $1 billion by 2012. That seems like a huge number, but by some estimates the Marley name, sound, and image already generate as much as $600 million in pirated merchandise.


Mickey Goodman, a professional marketer and professor at New York University's Stern School of Business, is quoted as saying that Marley is a strong global brand who enjoys a high level of awareness.


Major licensing agreements for the Marley brand are about to be launched in two key areas: consumer electronics -- including headphones, docking stations, and speakers -- and health care, which will likely feature skin-care products and herbal supplements. Also in the works, according to Hilco, are deals for a Marley-branded calming beverage, a video game similar to Guitar Hero featuring Marley's songs, and a chain of restaurants celebrating the music superstar.


Could this be commercial overkill for the Rastafarian whose spiritual songs about social injustice, hope, and redemption have become anthems for billions of fans, from Marrakech to Tokyo, and will it alienate them?


"This is not just about money," says Jamie Salter, Hilco's chief executive. "We have to believe in the people and products we partner with." Salter adds that the Marley estate will have final say on all business ventures, and that charities will figure into the overall mix of Marley branding.


Licensing of dead celebrities is an industry that has exploded in the last decade, thanks in large part to the proliferation of websites and blogs devoted to their memory. Typically, an estate receives 10% to 15% of gross proceeds from a licensing deal, which in this case will be divided between Hilco and the Marley family.


However, at a conservative 10%, licensing fees from $1 billion in annual sales should pull in about $100 million for Hilco and the Marleys. That tops the latest figures reported for Presley ($55 million), John Lennon ($15 million), and Jimi Hendrix ($8 million).


Michael Jackson -- who is worth more dead than alive with an estimated $90 million in earnings in the last 12 months -- appears to be Marley's nearest rival for the richest-dead-celebrity crown.


But the danger of operating the Marley marketing machine in overdrive is that it could irreparably harm the natural mystic's image. Some brand experts now view Elvis as more of a caricature than icon as a result of overexposure.


For Sanjay Sood, director of the Entertainment & Media Management Institute at UCLA, there's one question to ask: If Marley were alive today, would he want his name associated with a particular product? "A lot of artists would say 'no,'" says Sood. "Otherwise, they would have done it when they were alive."


Salter of Hilco says the Marley brand has a long way to go before reaching saturation, noting he also considered doing business with the Dean Martin, Marilyn Monroe, and Jimi Hendrix estates, but settled on the Rastafarian from Trench Town, Jamaica, because that's where he says he saw the biggest potential.


There has never been a better time, it seems, to be a dead celebrity -- or perhaps, more precisely, the heir to a dead celebrity's name.





Etana Invades the UK

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Top Reggae songstress Etana invaded the United Kingdom last week to promote three hot singles from her yet to be titled sophomore release: "August Town," "Free" and "Happy Heart." On her highly anticipated visit, Etana was warmly greeted by fans and leading radio personalities.Just 24 hours after shooting the video for "Free" in Jamaica, Etana landed in UK and jump started an intense radio blitz. Etana's first interview was with none other than the legendary David Rodigan at London's famed Kiss FM, followed by an interview with BBC Radio 4. Etana was provided with the unique opportunity of reaching a very wide audience with her interview on BBC Radio 4, a mostly news-formatted (non-music) station that is considered BBC Radio's flagship. The station was extremely interested in interviewing Etana because of her crossover appeal.


The soulful crooner also had a slew of memorable in-studio interviews with top radio jocks like Robo Ranx and Silver Star of BBC Radio 1xtra and Daddy Ernie of Choice FM. As Etana traveled from town to town, each area claimed a different Etana song that they loved. In addition to commercial radio stations, Etana visited and interviewed with over 20 pirate stations through out the UK. The demand to interview Etana was great, which ensured her UK experience was fully loaded. Much to Etana's credit, fans inundated the airwaves for a chance to talk with her.


"The DJs were so surprised to see me hand delivering my new music," says Etana.


"Most of them thought that we were here for a show.....no one believed that we were promoting new singles without having a show."


"The Strong One's" latest singles perfectly display three distinct moods of her musical talent. "Happy Heart" is a gem of a love song and "Free" is an inspirational track, bursting with emotion. Meanwhile, on the other side of the spectrum, "August Town" addresses social issues surrounding Garrison communities. All three tracks are hard hitting and have been embraced in the UK. "We decided to push these three singles because Etana's next album will boast diversity," says Garfield "Chin" Bourne of Irish and Chin. "It will feature the best in Roots, Rock, Reggae and Dubwise. And an array of other music genre will be explored."


Irish and Chin, Etana's management team, has set up a very intense promotional tour to further push Etana's new singles. Promotional efforts include videos for each single and heavy radio, tv and print media blitzes in key Reggae markets. Etana's next stop will be in St. Vincent and surrounding islands, followed by a U.S. run.


Etana's groundbreaking debut Strong One (VP Records) was heralded by critics and fans alike, receiving several noteworthy accolades and awards. Based on the vibes from the latest music, there is no doubt that Etana's follow up effort will elevate her fresh brand of soul Reggae even higher.





Today's Daily Word - Monday, November 23, 2009

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Personal Best


I am grateful for who I am and the life I am leading.


My achievements and shortcomings are not tallied on a giant scorecard. But at times, I may become preoccupied with my personal goals and comparing myself to others. As I stop judging and start appreciating my efforts, the burden of incessant striving falls away.
When I see myself as God sees me, I am whole and perfect. I adopt this point of view, and I am released from the grip of my ego. I know that I am doing and being my best. By choosing to focus on all that is delightful, my life suddenly seems easier. I am moving forward rather than holding myself back. I am creating the life I desire, becoming more aware of my blessings and living in joy.


If then your whole body is full of light, with no part of it in darkness, it will be as full of light as when a lamp gives you light with its rays.--Luke 11:36.Inspired by this message? Want to talk to friends about it? Share your thoughts here.


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Today's Daily Word - Sunday, November 22, 2009

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Harmony


My life is a blessing of peace and harmony.


I begin this day with harmony in my thoughts and feelings. I am calm in mind and body. Through all of my activities, I stay attuned to my feelings and emotions. The moment I feel anxious or afraid, I consider that God's peace is always here for me. I stop, breathe deeply and claim God's peace as my own. My emotions calm.


As I bring a supportive sense of calm to my interactions with others, I am guided to right thought and actions. I experience peace and harmony in my relationships.


As I bring greater harmony to my world, turbulent relationships are healed and fulfilling new relationships begin. My life is a blessing of peace and harmony.


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Scenes from Street Vybz Thrusdays

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Scenes from KLAS School Tour

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Today's Daily Word - Saturday, November 21, 2009

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Healing Presence



I am healed in body, mind and soul.


Healing comes in many forms and in many ways. Some wounds heal quickly and visibly, like the physical healing of a scratch or a burn. Other wounds may take more time to heal. A broken heart, a troubled life or a dampened spirit requires a greater depth of healing--healing of my body, mind and soul.


Every need for healing is an invitation to turn within to God for guidance and direction. As I enter into the silence to meditate and pray, I connect with the Source of both my physical and spiritual healing. I am guided to the ways of strength and wholeness. I receive the most vital and lasting form of health: the healing of my soul.


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YardFlex Hot Charts

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Curtains to come down on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2011

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CHICAGO, Nov 20, 2009 (AFP) - A tearful Oprah Winfrey on Friday announced that she will take her iconic talk show off the air in 2011 at the end of its 25th season.


“I love this show. This show has been my life and I love it enough to know when it’s time to say goodbye,” Winfrey told viewers at the end of her live broadcast.


“Twenty five years feels right in my bones and it feels right in my spirit. It’s the perfect number, the exact right time.”
“The Oprah Winfrey Show,” which is currently syndicated in 145 countries, has transformed Winfrey, 55, into a cultural phenomenon.
She is credited with changing the way people talk to each other, having popularized a confessional interview style that has coaxed secrets, revelations and often tears from guests of all stripes.
She is known as an almost uniquely influential tastemaker, whose recommendation of a book or product has instantaneous and enormous effect.


Born into a life of abuse and poverty in Mississippi, Winfrey is now estimated to be worth 2.7 billion dollars and is regularly ranked among the world’s most powerful women, celebrities and media personalities.


“I certainly never could have imagined the yellow brick road of blessing that have led me to this moment with you,” Winfrey said Friday.


There was speculation that she had decided to focus on her television channel called OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network -- a joint venture between Winfrey and Discovery Communications set to replace the Discovery Health Channel in about 70 million US homes.


While originally scheduled to air in 2010, getting the cable channel launched has proved “challenging” due to “management turnover and an uncertain advertising climate,” the New York Times reported.


It is now scheduled to air in January 2011, but Winfrey, who will produce some shows and also make appearances, does not plan to bring her talk show, the Times reported.


Oprah did not tell viewers what she plans to do next but warned them that the speculation in the press “will mostly be conjecture”.
First broadcast in 1985, “The Oprah Winfrey Show” show has served as the foundation for an empire that spans books, radio, magazines and the Internet and has launched the careers of other television celebrities, including popular US counselor Dr. Phil and chef Rachel Ray.


Her support was estimated by University of Maryland researchers to have brought in a million additional votes and helped Obama win both the Democratic nomination and the presidency.
Winfrey began her own production company in 1985 and named it Harpo -- her name backwards -- and Forbes magazine declared her the first female African-American billionaire in 2003.





Female jurors accused of bribery appear in court

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The two female jurors who are at the centre of a bribery scandal that has rocked the justice system appeared for the first time before the Clarendon Circuit Court Thursday.


Twenty-five year old model Verona Samuels of Free Town and her co accused 43 year old domestic helper Natalie Sill of Jacob Hut were slapped with charges of contempt of court.


They appeared before High Court judge, Justice Brian Sykes who ordered that they be remanded.


The case involved a man who was being tried for murder in the Clarendon Circuit Court.


According to reports Ms Samuels who was the foreman in the case, approached the accused man's mother and informed her that for a fee, she could influence other jurors to return a 'not-guilty' verdict.


The foreman allegedly told the woman to pay her $100,000 in exchange.


On Monday afternoon, the accused man's mother met Ms. Samuels and a second juror, Ms. Sill, at a popular eatery in downtown May Pen where the cash drop was to be made.


The mother reportedly turned up with half of the sum and was in the process of handing the money over when police swooped down on the pair.


A new date has been set for the trial to recommence and new jurors are to be empanelled to hear the case.


What can we say the justice system stinks! I wonder how the jury selecting process goes. Do they put them through a question and answer session, to gage their views on some issues or is it a case of whosoever they get serve on the panel of jurors.





Delay in Harry Daley’s verdict

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For those who were waiting with bated breath to find out popular cop Harry ‘Bungles’ Daley fate then they will have to wait some more are the verdict hearing has been put off to December 16. Daley is on trial for allegedly breaching the Corruption Prevention Act. Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey told the court she was unable to come to a verdict because she was unable to properly view the evidence of the case due to her being ill. "Unfortunately I am not ready to let you hear my verdict ... I was feeling ill and was not in a good mood to properly examine the evidence ...," said Pusey.


So it’s until Wednesday, December 16 for some sort of closure to that situation.





Rescue the music before it’s too late

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These days an album making it to the Reggae Billboard chart doesn’t mean a thing. The album can sell just 400 units and make the chart. That’s saying a lot about the state of Reggae/Dancehall music. Maybe artistes should start taking note of the growing trend and step up to the plate with the kind of materials they are unleashing on the market.


While Vybz Kartel and Mavado may be taking over the airwaves in Jamaica with their trashy songs in the greater world they are nobodies.


If they want to make it into the international arena…and contrary to what some believe USA is not the world. There are still tons of people out there who enjoy good conscious songs. Which is why some conscious acts here in Jamaica who we have never heard their songs permeating the airwaves are touring like mad on the international circuit despite the lack of acceptance on their home turf.


We created a good thing, but if we don’t operate on the big sore the music is turning out to be then it will be too late to salvage what’s left of something that has touched the whole world.





Today's Daily Word - Friday, November 20, 2009

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Attentive


I demonstrate God's love by being attentive.


Today I am attentive to the many ways I can be of service to others. I make time to visit a family member who has been ill or a friend who is grieving. I help a neighbor find a lost pet or attend to a child who needs a special moment of care or attention. I welcome opportunities to be of service, and I am rewarded with experiences that uplift me and others.


I tenderly offer my care, patiently give my time and thoughtfully demonstrate God's love by being attentive to the needs of others. As I serve, I receive even more. Seeing a smile returned fills me with appreciation. Any gift or attention I may have given to another blesses me abundantly in return.


Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights.--James 1:17
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Blind, 93-y-o man chopped to death

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The usually peaceful community of Wheelerfield in Golden Grove, St Thomas, was rocked on Wednesday by the murder of a blind, 93-year-old pensioner.


Residents have condemned the killing of Albert Milliner, who was reportedly chopped to death by unknown assailants.


The police report that the dead man, who also goes by the names “Butty” and “Liquor Back” had chop wounds to the forehead and had been roobed.


Reports are that one of Milliner’s friend went to visit him and discovered his lifeless body.


“He was a harmless old man who could not hurt a fly. Him just love run up him mouth so even if them rob him, them never have to kill the poor man,” one resident said.


According to another, “These things don’t happen in Golden Grove. We don’t want them kind of people among us and we believe say is people come from outside come do them things,” the resident said.
Police say they have not identified any suspects in the murder.


Milliner’s death comes less thatn a week after another senior citizen was killed when her house was firebombed in Portmore, St Catherine. Iris Brown who was 90 years-old and bed ridden died after warring gangs torched her house in Newlands, Portmore last Saturday.





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Kartel large!

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Bwoy di biggest talk on the streets is not the fact that Lisa Hype was caught going down on Vybz Kartel, but it is the fact that he is really blessed! Yeah man a whole heap a woman a sey him never did a lie inna di song whey him do sey him c—ky longer dan him nine. Fi real from di look a tings him really did a talk di truth.


And di nex’ ting whey dem a talk hard bout is that di Gaza man teck it hands down when it come to armed with the right size tool fi di job, dem all a wonder if Mavado caan measure up. Dem Vybz dey a lead yah now, cause him a guh hard wid di music and when it come to having the right size tool fi di job…well …unno done si di image pon whole heap a di site dem. But a how Lisa Hype never choke dough eeh?





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Today's Daily Word - Thursday, November 19, 2009

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Pray for Others


I see all people through the eyes of God.


I am easily moved to pray for those I hold dear, especially when one is hurting in some way. "I will pray for you" rolls naturally off my tongue. As I pray, I connect with that individual in Spirit and in love.


It may not come as easily to me to open my heart and pray for those who have treated me or someone else harshly. But I know that every soul deserves the upliftment of prayer. All of us carry a spark of the Christ Light. It is there for me to see if I see as God sees.


When I release any unforgiving thoughts or hostility, I allow God's grace and wisdom to pour through me. As I focus on the goodness in all people, I feel deep compassion. In prayer, I help create a space where all are healed, including me.


Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.--Matthew 5:44
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Sean Paul talk up di tings

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Sean Paul was on a rampage on Nikki Z's programme as he reacted to negative criticisms aimed at his latest project.

Check out the interview on below.

Exclusive Sean Paul Interview w/ Nikki Z (Twitter Dispute)





LISA HYPE IN LIVE AND BLEACHING COLOUR

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WHOI! Mi body, da one ya connect, yu never see smoke widout fire. Mi hear say Lisa Hype and Milk did a par nuff over the Bahamas the other day and see it de, as dem come back, big scandal buss wid Lisa Hype ah deep throat a black cocky. People, anno video, ah just picture, but it up and live and big inna living bleach out colour. Whoi, mi pum pum ah squeeze me, it ah drop out. YARDFLEX buss again! Weh the one did Gaza Indu de? But people, yu nuh see how Lisa Hype ah struggle wid the Gaza Pole inna her mouth. Ah now the man dem ah go love her! Lisa Hype, yu career get HYPER!





What’s going on?

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By Rootzgirl


Last night while watching the news my attention was drawn to the story about a 52-year-old man who was beaten by resident of Kiloncoly District in St Mary.


Now what was so disturbing about the news is the fact that this man has been known to be fooling around little girls and little boys.


What eventually lead to his being beaten is the fact that he was in a house with a 16-year-old boy. His relative was looking for him and was drawn to strange sounds coming from the house.


The youth eventually came out and was seeing fixing his pants. Minutes later the elder man came out, it was then that an alarm was raised and he was pounced on by residents.


At a time when we are reading about being more sensitive to homosexuals and they are pushing for their rights…I have to ask the question, what rights do they want?


Do they want the right to corrupt your children, introducing them to a lifestyle they haven’t taken the time to think about?


The right to corrupt young girls and mess them up before they have a chance to mature?


The right to use a man or woman to hide the fact that they really gays?


What’s really going on? How come I am not hearing as loud a noise from the straight community as the homos are making?


Honestly, I wish someone would holla at me and tell me what’s really going on.





Order of Distinction or Order of Duttiness

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Jackass sey di world nuh level and a true. Look much respectable people yuh have out deh fi receive Order of Distinction and sometimes dem select some people whey nah set no example fi di youths dem and wuss when it come to dem people relationship it stink to high heaven.


Yuh have some whey step cross di lawn and receive dem OD (well in a fi dem case a Order of Duttiness) cause dem treat some a dem employees wuss dan dawgs and di poor employees dem nuh have nuh rights most a di times. And when dem open dem mouth fi chat dem tell dem sey dem can always find a next job…cause dem know sey job scarce and dem hold a stick over dem head.


Den yuh have di case in point a dis well know genius whey dem gi OD di odda day. Him have a wife whey live a Miami and dem married from Johnny was a bwoy and it look like him just ketch him age cause him have a son whey him 20-year-old bear him. Wi understand sey him and she mash up and him teck up a nex young ting.


Him wife fly in and discover di birth paper and call him fi ask him whey a gwaan. She ask if di marriage done and him sey “yes star it done!” just like dat brap.


No sah people caan cold suh…a just one ting we waan ask, when yuh get OD shouldn’t there be some kind a emphasis on good levity, morals and a stable family life? Mi nuh know…mi just a sey!





Member of Parliament dad beaten

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Member of Parliament Sharon Hay-Webster’s dad Lloyd Hay is in hospital after being robbed of money and his licensed firearm on Monday.


According to police reports at about 12:30, Hay, 82, had just locked up his business place in Guy's Hill, St Catherine, and went home. There, he was pounced upon by men who beat him severely and took the firearm and an undetermined sum of money from him. .


The Guy's Hill police said they have not identified any suspects; however, their investigations continue.





Today's Daily Word - Wednesday, November 18, 2009

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Forgive

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I am filled with peace as I choose to forgive.


There may be times in my life when I feel I have been wronged by family, friends or coworkers. This is a perception I can either hold on to or change. My perceptions can either pull me down or lift me higher. They can either serve me or limit me--the choice is mine.


I choose today to have a positive perception. I choose to focus on the blessings in my life instead of the hurts or anxieties. I choose to adopt an attitude of forgiveness rather than one of resentment. I choose to release the past, forgive and move forward.


As I forgive, I experience the peace and power of God's love at work in me and in my life. Through forgiveness, I am at one with God, and I am at peace.


Anyone whom you forgive, I also forgive.–2 Corinthians 2:10
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Scenes from Uptown Mondays

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Uptown Mondays raided helicopter style

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It was about 2:30 this morning when police swooped down on popular weekly dancehall session, Uptown Mondays, blocking off all access to Constant Spring Road and, with a helicopter hovering in the air, searched all patrons and carted away some in waiting trucks.


This makes the second time this year that Uptown Mondays has been raided by the cops, but this morning’s action was more intense than previous raids.


According to Yardflex sources, the police were searching for wanted men and guns, none of which were found.


“A gun and wanted man dem looking for, but we don’t have nothing like that round here,” the source said.


Reports are that approximately 70 persons were placed in the vehicles and taken away to be processed. Among those who were initially placed in the truck, but were released on the spot are selectors Boom Boom, who was at the turntable and Foota Hype, who was in the crowd. The promoter allegedly tried to secure on-the-spot release for rising artiste, Rikki Tikki, who was the man of the night.


“Bwoy, Rikki Tikki got the most pull up during a special segment at Uptown Mondays where new artistes are premiered. Him song bad, it buss the place and di people gwaan fi it. And then fi know say him get put inna truck,” one patron commented.


The raid was carried out by Caribbean Search, JDF and the police and reports are that all the men who were rounded up have subsequently been released. None of the females present at the dance were carried away.


According to the organizers of Uptown Mondays, “The promoter regrets the inconvenience and took it up on himself to go to the processing venue and assist patrons in whatever way he could. We always weather the storm and we will be back next week,”, they promise.





Today's Daily Word - Tuesday, November 17, 2009

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Divine Order


I am at peace in the midst of this divine-order day.


Whether I find myself in a busy home or a thriving workplace, my environment may seem chaotic at times. If I feel stress building within me, I know my perspective needs adjusting. I take a deep breath and quiet my thoughts. As I become centered, I am able to see my experiences differently. I look at my life and the world around me with fresh eyes.


I see divine order at work in the system of life and activity that is flourishing around me. And I am divinely equipped to do what is mine to do. I have the time, talent and resources I need to contribute in meaningful ways. I am centered and calm, peaceful and poised, in the midst of this divine-order day.


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Scenes from Passion Sundays

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Scenes from Wet Sundays

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L A Lewis talk up di tings

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Bwoy what a piece a almshouse Winford Williams carry out Onstage man. Big and serious him really common out him programme when him gi LA Lewis suh much time fi talk bout him conflict with Mr G. But the thing that really crack mi up is when him sey him dere to address Mr G Brochure…now mi nuh know how dat word fit in, but mi assume it have something to do with the allegations whey Mr G did meck di week before. Plus him a talk bout di ongle way Mr G can get whey off di charges is if him agree to clash him at Sting on Boxing Day. Now Laing coulda suh careless fi set up dat…well unless him waan provide comic relief fi di Sting massive dem. Lawks, a week. If a laugh a pop up.





Beenie Man concerts axed in Australia & NZ

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All of Beenie Man's Australian and New Zealand concert dates have been cancelled. This follows protests by gay rights groups, including the Australian Coalition for Equality. It also follows representations to the tour organisers by Peter Tatchell of OutRage!, acting on behalf of the international Stop Murder Music campaign.


“These concert cancellations will hit Beenie Man hard in the pocket. He has lost tens of thousands of dollars. The success of this campaign sends a warning message to all murder music artists: inciting homophobic violence will cost you money. You will lose out big time,” said Mr Tatchell.


Beenie Man had been scheduled to perform in January 2010 at Big Day Out concerts in the Australian cities of Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth and in the New Zealand city of Auckland.


The organisers have now confirmed that he will not be in the concert line-up: http://www.bigdayout.com/news/pressreleases.php?PressReleaseId=52


Big Day Out organiser, Susan Forrester contacted Peter Tatchell of the gay rights group OutRage! seeking his advice on whether to go ahead with the Beenie Man booking.


Mr Tatchell replied to her, urging Big Day Out to cancel Beenie Man’s concerts. He wrote to Ms Forrester as follows:


“Beenie Man is clearly unrepentant. He has never apologised for urging the killing of gay people. In fact, he put out a statement and hit song called ‘I no apologise’. You would not consider hosting Beenie Man if he was a white racist singer who had called for the murder of black people. You would dump him. There should be no double standards when it comes to singers who incite homophobic violence,” wrote Mr Tatchell.


“Beenie Man is one of Jamaica’s leading reggae stars. He has had hit tunes which incite the murder of lesbians and gay men. It is a tragedy that he has not used his undoubted musical talent to promote the true reggae message of justice, harmony, peace and love.


“Although Beenie Man made an agreement to cease his murder music, he has since reneged and denounced the agreement. He went on to release a song: ‘I no apologise,’” confirmed Mr Tatchell.


In his hit tune Damn, Beenie Man sings: "I'm dreaming of a new Jamaica, come to execute all the queers."


Another of his popular recordings, Bad Man Chi Chi Man (Bad Man Queer Man), instructs listeners to kill gay DJs and boasts that people would gladly go to jail for killing a queer:


"If yuh nuh chi chi (queer) man wave yuh right hand and (NO!!!) / If yuh nuh lesbian wave yuh right hand and (NO!!!) / Some bwoy will go a jail fi kill man tun bad man chi chi man!!! / Tell mi, sumfest it should a be a showdown / Yuh seem to run off a stage like a clown (Kill Dem DJ!!!)".


Chi Chi Man is a very offensive Jamaican patois homophobic slang insult, equivalent to the insulting words queer, poof and faggot.





Papa Biggy was a hit in Massachusetts

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Dancehall DJ is making his return to the frontline in every sense of the word. Since he released his album Return to the Frontline he has been delivering one good performance after another.


The Connecticut-based DJ was again in action at Sister D’s Birthday Bash at the Western Front in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


Watching him as he took control of the mic, one had to wonder how he managed to work the stage with such agility, the DJ who delivered hits such as How You Plant Corn and, Stop Dem, Under The Plane Wing and Times of Trouble.


Before that though sound system One Sound International entertained the jam packed venue with some cultural roots music, setting the pace for what was to follow – a night of pure cultural vibes.


Kicking off the first performance of the night was Doctors of Flight, Boston’s own urban rock/rap band. After working a real entertaining set it was time for Dis and Dat Band featuring Sister D on keyboards, their set had the crowd rocking away.


Mr Yanks and Bandoo made way for the headline act for the night Papa Biggy who rocked the crowd with songs from his album Return to the Frontline before inviting King I to join him on stage.


When the incident free event came to a close at 2:00 am it was to a totally satisfied crowd.





Today's Daily Word - Monday, November 16, 2009

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Willing



With a willing spirit, I express more of my Christ Light each day.


Every change begins with willingness. It is the opening through which I invite more of God's abundance and wisdom into my life.


If I find myself wishing some area of my life were different, I bring this thought to God in prayer. I then ask myself, Am I willing to let go of past hurts and allow God's love to flow through my life? Am I willing to see myself as a perfect child of God, receptive to all of God's good? Am I willing to release limiting thoughts and beliefs and expand my understanding of God's power within me?


As a first step, I say "Yes, I am willing!" Step by step, with a willing spirit, I express more of my Christ Light each day.


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Today's Daily Word - Sunday, November 15, 2009

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Circulate


One with God, I make wise choices.


Honoring the circle of life on planet Earth, I make wise use of resources and protect the environment as part of my spiritual practice.


Like a loving mother, the Earth supports and sustains me. I return that love by reusing and recycling the materials I use. Through the small act of giving something I no longer need to someone who does, I circulate and share my abundance with others.


I hold the planet in prayer, affirming good for all creation and all humanity. I strengthen my affirmation with conscious acts of generosity and responsibility and contribute to the care of planet Earth.


You cause the grass to grow for the cattle, and plants for people to use, to bring forth food from the earth.--Psalm 104:14
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Clean lyrics, great performances, an appreciative audience and the stay-in-school message were interesting components of the KLAS School tour which rolled into the Godfrey Stewart High School recently.


As “Nicholson” , the bus driver, pulled the bus into Godfrey Stewart High School, one could feel the excitement and the school spirit in the air. Things were popping -- a football match was in progress and there was also a school concert with Michael Jackson impersonator and even a Nuh Lings dance contest between teachers a nd students. It was lots of fun as both groups exhibited their talent and skills.


KLAS’ Tony Young, Executive Manager of Programs emceed the event, and really kept the vibes going. The students were obviously well primed for what was to come. As usual the artistes were psyched and anxious to get off the bus and greet the students and the administration of the school, which treated them royally. The anticipation was high and the camaraderie among the artistes was just great.


Susan Perkins took the stage with lots of enthusiasm. Her songs were well received, and Godfrey Stewart High School let her know by singing along during her entire set. During her last song she invited the students to LOOOUUU! with her on stage and it was pure excitement as the students were more than happy to accept the invitation.


Blacks took the stage in full fervor, and even though his songs were a hit with the students, he took time out to speak about the significance of staying in school as thus was the only way they could eventually be able to such as supporting themselves and their present and their future families.


The stay-in-school message was also very well delivered by four man group, TRN. Their set was smooth, mellow and positive and they had the Godfrey High students hanging on to their every word. .


Mixin Lab was introduced by clever comedian Dufton Shepherd, whose wit was a hit with the students. He is actually really funny and his utterances helped to keep the vibes on a natural high and ensured that there was never a dull moment on stage. it is always expected that “Mixing Lab, Human Beat Box” will shock his audience with his extraordinary oral abilities of being a “mixing board”, and this time around, it was no different. The crowd went crazy and sang the words to Snoop Dog’s, “Drop it like it’s hot” among other beats.


The real moment came when Jamaica’s Michael Jackson was invited on stage. According to one student’s report, “Listen man, when Michael Jackson reincarnate tek di stage wid Mixin Lab, him jus wave fus and den start duh di moves dem, and was very much passionate about it, suh till di moves dem tun inna tik tok popping and gliding! Maaad ….crazy!”.


D-major went on as smooth as ever, thrilling the ladies of Godfrey Stewart High School with his raw talent and humble disposition. He also encouraged the students to stay in school and maintain quality grades. He was definitely a crowd pleaser, and a mob of students followed him out to the bus with pen and paper eagerly seeking his autographs . He was only too happy to oblige.


Ninja Ford did his set with zeal, and also offered words of inspiration and motivation through word sound and song. The students took pleasure in his performance and his stay in school message.


WASP was greeted with quite a lot of screaming and excitement. His songs were popular and he used this to his advantage by addressing the importance of staying in school. WASP gave away his t-shirt, his sun glasses, his pen, even reportedly signed june plum!


It was pure delight to see the students have so much fun after a hard day’s work at school. Sponsors include Yardflex Inc., Inseason Juice, KFC, AAMM Co-op Credit Union, Pharmaton, Addidas Deodorant and





Scenes from Street Vybz Thrusdays

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Scenes from KLAS School Tour

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Today's Daily Word - Saturday, November 14, 2009

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Grace



I am supported by the unconditional love of God.


Mistakes are a natural part of learning--just as falling down is a natural part of learning to walk. But when I make a serious mistake, I may find it hard to forgive myself for what I have said or done.
I cannot make amends if I remain stuck in a cycle of self-blame or criticism. Instead, I remember that God loves me unconditionally. I take responsibility for my actions, and with God's grace, I do my best to resolve the situation. This may require a heartfelt apology, a change in my behavior or another step. I trust God to guide me to the best response.


As I open to the grace of God, I am able to forgive myself and accept God's unconditional love.


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YardFlex Hot Charts

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BDO responds to Beenie Man concerns

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The organizers of Auckland's Big Day Out have responded to criticism for including an anti-gay reggae singer in its 2010 line-up.


Jamaica's Beenie Man is set to perform at Mt Smart Stadium on January 15.


He has written and sung about cutting the throats of all gay men, killing gay DJs, and hanging lesbians. Lyrics include lines like, "I'm dreaming of a new Jamaica, come to execute all the gays" in his songs.


In a statement released on Thursday, Big Day Out organisers say they booked Beenie Man "in the knowledge that the artist has a controversial past".


The promoters say that as far as they know, Beenie Man has not performed the offending songs since signing the Reggae Compassionate Act (RCA) in 2007. They have contacted him to confirm that he stands by the Act.


"The Big Day Out's core values include those of tolerance and understanding," says BDO promoter Campbell Smith.


"We are responding to concerns that Beenie Man's presence at the event may compromise those values and are directly investigating fears that he will perform material conflicting with our philosophy and his own undertakings pursuant to the RCA.


"It may take us up to a week to resolve this matter."


In 2004 Beenie Man was banned from playing an MTV UK gig after protests over his appearance and in 2006 protests also led to the cancellation of a concert he was to perform in New York.


GayNZ.com spokesman Jay Bennie said earlier in the week that they want the Big Day Out organisers in Auckland to rescinder their invitation to the musician.


Bennie says if they decide not to do that, then the Immigration Department has to decide whether the singer is fit and proper enough to be allowed into New Zealand.





Today's Daily Word - Friday, November 13, 2009

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Comfort



The love of God is my true source of comfort and strength.


On a cool autumn evening I may enjoy the warmth and comfort of sitting by the fire or sipping a hot cup of tea. The comfort and care I give myself and others are ways in which the love of God is manifest in my life. In these peaceful moments, I understand that I am beloved of God.


To deepen my experience of peace and comfort, I turn within to the silence and immerse myself in God's love and protection. I relax into the divine Presence that is the source of my comfort and strength.


I am blessed to know that the presence of God is with me at all times and in all situations. Whenever I turn within, God's gentle whisper of assurance fills my soul with peace.


As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you.--Isaiah 66:13
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Scences from Weddy Weddy

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LISA HYPE NEW RED HAIRSTYLE HAVE KARTEL WEAK

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People, dem did say Kartel park Lisa Hype and she start get mawger-er and lose all ten pounds offa weh she no have already. But my girl smart, she never despair, she just do her chemical research and find a new bleaching cream and got her hairstylists and say 'gimme sumpen mad!' and her stylist go so baps, and flip inna a new ting, and shave off one side of her head and throw some colour inna it. And people, guess what? It connect. From she go studio the day, him all up inna her coolaid, and ah dance wid her and then ah she and him again. Yu nuh see how her career step up inna the last month, her song dem a shot, she gone a Bahamas gone perform and look fi her family, she tek the front page of the paper the other day and now she ah plan big birthday bash. Lisa Hype, tek yu forward, yu look good, yu bleaching reach and yu have the General heart inna yu hip pocket. A bayyy!!!!1





Asafa Powell launches foundation

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Olympic and World Championships Gold medallist, Asafa Powell on Tuesday officially made a humanitarian leap with the launch of his very own foundation.


With this move, Asafa joins the list of celebrity do-gooders who are giving back, whether it is to their communities or specific interest groups, by establishing a foundation.


Members of the sporting fraternity and well-wisher joined the former 100-metre world record holder as he officially launched his foundation at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston in what was a very well organized event.


On hand to lend support to Powell were his teammates from the MVP including Brigitte Foster-Hylton, Michael Frater and Sherika Williams as well as 100 & 200 metre world record holder, Usain Bolt.


Bolt was among those making a donation to the foundation, however, the organizers did not reveal the amount on the cheque given by Bolt.







Danesworth Boucher, the man charged in connection with the death of the Rudolf Gschloessl, co-owner of the popular restaurant, Café Aubergine, had a $50,000 bail bond imposed, along with one surety, when he appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday. He returns to court on Monday, December 14.


Boucher, 24, is of a Mona Heights, address, the same residence as Gschloessl.


The court was told that on October 25, Boucher used a knife to stab the German national in the neck. He then called the police and reported that someone had broken into the house.


The police saw Gschloessl in his bedroom, lying naked in a pool of blood. A knife, which the police theorise was the murder weapon, was found beside Gschloessl’s body.


A tour of the residence by the police team, however, showed no signs of break-in as all the windows had been grilled on the inside and there was no signs anywhere of forced entry.


A statement from the accused said he was in his room when he heard shouts of “help” coming from Gschloessl’s room.


Boucher is represented by Frankly Grenyion, who told the court that there were no blood evidence linking his client to the murder and that there was a third person in the room with Gschloessl on the night of the incident.





One-Third signs management deal

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Gateway Capital Holdings/GCH Consulting has signed musical group One Third to their management roster. The group which consists of Alpheus ‘Al’ Johnson, Miguel Walters and Adrian Campbell, rose to prominence after winning the Digicel Rising Stars competition 2006.
The trio says the new agreement is “something we have been wanted for a really long time. We have a great team assembled and we know we are going straight to the top.”


Under the agreement, Gateway Capital Holdings/GCH Consulting will partner with the group on all aspects of their career, from recording, music publishing, touring, merchandising to brand development. This work has already begun as the group is currently recording its debut album to be released in the Spring of 2010.





Today's Daily Word - Thursday, November 12, 2009

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Insight



I am open and receptive to God's wisdom.


If I've asked for something in prayer, I must prepare myself to receive the answer. By opening my mind and heart to whatever the answer may be, I remain receptive to spiritual wisdom. It may come through a conversation with a friend, an informative book or even from the lyrics of a song. I may witness a brilliant sunset or receive a thoughtful drawing from a child. Regardless, I will feel a deep resonance and peace with the answer I receive, a closeness to God, as I realize this message was intended for me.


I connect with God in infinite ways, and I am guided. Remaining conscious of God's presence, I recognize the answer.


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Bounty trial stalled

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The trial of dancehall entertainer Rodney Pryce, more popularly known as 'Bounty Killa,' was stalled on Wednesday in the Gun Court.


The trial was delayed because one of the main witnesses failed to show.


The witness in question reportedly witnessed the artiste assaulting a cop during an altercation in New Kingston in 2007.


The trial is now set for March 24.


Bounty Killa is charged jointly with Calis Bowen, an ex-cop, arising from an incident in which a Police Constable was allegedly assaulted by the artiste and members of his entourage in New Kingston.


Investigators reported that on September 27, 2007, the constable was driving his vehicle in the New Kingston area when he drove up to a group of men who had used their vehicles to block sections of St Lucia Avenue.


The policeman signalled the men to move, however one of them threw alcohol in his face.


This led to a confrontation.


It is reported that during the confrontation 'Bounty Killa' pulled a firearm and pointed it at the policeman.


Mr. Bowen who was in the entourage is accused of hitting the Constable, although he had identified himself as a policeman.


Mr. Bowen has since been dismissed from the police force.





Munga Honorable in the news

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What a surprise we have last night a watch di news only fi si sey Munga Honorable inna squabble wid di police. Yeah man, him a ride bike and it nuh license, insure and pon top a it, him neva have on nuh protective gear. Di news sey when di police stop him instead a him try and kinda teck him han outa di lion mouth him a flip up a way, tell dem indecent language and a resist arrest.


Oh bwoy, him did sing sey him bad from him born, but wi never did tek him serious until wi a watch di news and si how him a behave.


Well him have bout six charges pin pon him, so we ongle hope him can si him way outa dem.





MACKA DIAMOND WRITES AGAIN

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She did it already, and she is at it again. Dancehall author, turned actress, Macka Diamond is in the final stages of fulfilling the wishes of her reading audience, who have all been salivating since reading BUN HIM!!!


Well the wait is over, and those who enjoyed BUN HIM!!! Can get ready for yet another intriguing Jamaican Novel, this time entitled, ‘The Real Gangster’s Wife.’


Fresh off her big screen debut, Macka was quick to point out that she was actually inspired to go at this novel while in Antigua, on the set of her latest effort outside of the dancehall arena; playing the role of leading lady in the Caribbean action flick, Redemption of Paradise.


Macka was tight lipped about the details of the novel, but this is what she was willing to reveal; the novel is in its final stages, it will be another Page Turner Publication, and it is set to be released on her birthday in January.


So what was the real inspiration behind her second effort at writing a novel? “Maybe it was all the action on the set of the movie,” joked Macka, about how this novel went from idea, to now being in the final stages, quickly adding that, “this time it’s going to be more man friendly….nuh bun nah gi roun here dis time.”


She giggles at the delivery of those words, but quickly got serious as she went on further to explain that, “this time a some different levels dah female yah dey pon, some levels wha we as women all need to be about.”


“The fans dem been a ask bout part two fi BUN HIM!!!” states Macka, “but wi a work offa a vibes, and right now, is a different ting mi day pon wid dah book yah.”


Spoken like a true author, and sounding way more mature and confident, Macka’s attitude is one that makes it clear that she is ready to deliver the goods, but only time will tell, as we get ready for the January, (birthday) release of yet another milestone in the dancehall arena.





Toni Braxton Kiss Broke Up Marriage?

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Essence.com has reported that Toni Braxton and her husband of eight years, Keri Lewis, are ending their marriage.It's the timing of the divorce, however, that's causing controversy.


At a recent taping of the Soul Train Awards--which will air on BET on November 29th--Toni Braxton and Trey Songz were seen kissing onstage after their performance of “Yesterday.” Keri Lewis was in the audience at the time.


It's not all terrible news for Baxton, however.


Her new album is set to drop in early February, and her first single will be "Yesterday" featuring Trey Songz.


Braxton and Lewis met on the set of the "He Wasn't Man Enough for Me" video. They have two sons together.







Reggae artiste Chuck Fenda's new album Fulfillment last week debuted at number 7 on iTunes Reggae Album Chart in the United Kingdom.


The album officially released on October 26 has been making major strides considering very few living local acts ever grace the coveted chart currently dominated by Jamaican legend Bob Marley. iTunes one of the most popular online music outlets spanning over 22 markets across the globe is considered by the industry as the primadonna of online entertainment.


On Tuesday (Nov. 10th) Chuck Fenda launched his album to a full house at the Mango Ranch on West Kings House Road. The well received launch was complimented by immense star power performances from the likes of Richie Stephens, Anthony Cruz, Pliers, Spanner Banner, Richie Spice, Cherine Anderson, Nitty Kutchie, Lady G, Anthony Malvo before Chuck took the stage and brought the house down with an electrifying set.


Fenda now assiduously promoting his album and new single/video 'Bad Boy' featuring Sammy Dread (currently No.2 on the U.S. Mediaguide Chart - this chart shows the most played songs on college radio throughout the United States) is scheduled to make a cameo at Mandela Park in Half-Way Tree this Friday (Nov. 13th) as one of the featured acts on the Nationwide News Network and HYPE-TV School tour.


Fulfillment the 15-tracks compilation is Fenda's third full length album this the follow up to 'Better Days', and 'Living Fire' for Fifth Element and Greensleeves Records respectively.





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More on the baby miscarriage drama

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Yardflex touched on the wife of the ex dj who lost the baby for the other DJ she was pregnant for. From what we understand she was about six months pregnant when she miscarried.


The truth is we wondering if other things didn’t lead to her losing the baby such as the fact that the DJ not giving her any money.


A close source to the baby mother revealed that she was highly stressed.


“I’m not lying, she really did stress big time. You would never believe that a DJ like that who claim that he takes care of his children could behave in that manner. In fact, this incident just convince me that the stories I been reading and hearing from other baby mothers are true. For real a better she did stay in har marriage cause har husband did really want a child with her and she told her she wasn’t ready yet,” the source disclosed.


According to Yardflex source, she picked the wrong DJ to be ready with, plus it is no secret that he has two other women pregnant along with her.







Minister of Education, the Hon Andrew Holness, has appealed to top-flight Jamaican athletes to use their celebrity status to leverage support for the education system.


"I think that is the greatest investment that you could make in the development of your own country, and when you do that you will be ensuring that the country from which you came will be the country of choice.to live, work and raise our families," he stated.


Mr. Holness was speaking Monday (November 9) at the launch of the third annual Fun 4 Kidz Sanya Richards Fast Track programme, at the Kingston High School, downtown Kingston. The after-school programme combines literacy and extra-curricular activities, and is mainly sponsored by Jamaican-born U.S. 400 metres champion, Sanya Richards.


The programme started out targeting Kingston High, but this year Bridgeport, Tarrant, Tivoli, Donald Quarrie and Penwood high schools have been brought in.


The Education Ministry is a partner in the programme, and Mr. Holness said the concept of marrying literacy and sports was laudable, and that he was extremely pleased with the outcome so far.


"I reviewed the report given to me on the project and I gather that you have improved at least 55 per cent of students that have participated in the programme to one grade level or more, from where they were in terms of reading," he explained.


Principal of Kingston High, Charles Reid, said that two years ago some of the students were unable to participate at Boys' and Girls' Champs, because of poor academic records. However, after six months under the programme, 12 of them were able to enter events at the last championships.


Three hundred and seventy five students are to benefit from this year's programme, up from 55 when it started.


Miss Richards said that she was very proud to be associated with the initiative, and encouraged the students to dream big.


"I remember running as a little kid and having a big vision, and I want to tell you that anything is possible. As long as you have the opportunities and take advantage of them, listen to your teachers.take direction, finish up school and just dream big," she encouraged.


Sanya Richards was born in Jamaica in 1985, but moved to Florida with her parents in 1997. She became a U.S. citizen in 2002 and has been representing that country internationally since. She has won two Olympic Gold medals- 2004 and 2008 - in the Women's 4x400 relays. She won the gold medal in the 400 metres at this year's IAAF World Athletic Championships in Berlin.


Also supporting the launch were United States' Olympic 100 metres silver medallist (2004) and 4-time World Championship medallist (4x400 metres relay), Lauryn Williams, and her parents; as well as authors Patrick Robinson and Kellie Magnus, whose books on sports will be used in the programme.





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Dead man shocks relatives by attending his own funeral


(UPI) - Stunned relatives tried to jump out a window when a man presumed dead showed up at his own funeral in southern Brazil, officials said.


"In my 10 years in this business, I have never witnessed a scene like this," said Natanael Honorato, manager of the funeral home in Brazil's Parana state.


Ademir Jorge Goncalves, 59, a bricklayer, was identified as the victim of a car crash and his funeral scheduled for Nov. 2, a religious holiday known as the Day of the Dead, CNN reported Sunday.


Goncalves, however, wasn't dead. He'd spent the night drinking at a bar near the site of the crash, but wasn't the victim. When he learned of the mix-up, he went to the Funeraria Rainha das Colinas funeral home and walked in on his grieving family, some of whom tried to jump out a window when they saw him.


The mystery was solved later in the day when a family from a neighboring town identified the dead man as their missing son and took his body home for burial, Honorato said.

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BASKETBALL LEGEND HAS RARE CANCER

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br>Basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has just made it public that he Cancer (CML, a rare form of leukemia). And he’s telling his story now, after a year of battling in private, because he wants everyone in his shoes to take care of themselves properly:


“Having lost one of my closest friends to a different, highly aggressive form of leukemia, I knew how serious my diagnosis was,” said Abdul-Jabbar, 62.


“My own life expectancy became a question mark.” Abdul-Jabbar, the NBA’s all-time leading scorer, won five championships with the Los Angeles Lakers before retiring in 1989. He was diagnosed with CML in December 2008 and is being treated with a medicine that targets the abnormal protein that causes his leukemia. With treatment, Abdul-Jabbar, who currently is a coach with the Lakers, is expected to live a full, active life.


“I’m telling my story to encourage fellow patients to take charge of their health,” he said. “Work closely with your doctor, monitor your disease and, above all, take your medicine.”


Yardflex prays that Kareem wins this fight of his life.





Where’s the love

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By rootzgirl



What could possess a woman to attack a little baby just because her baby father has moved on and married someone else?


Yes, my granny used to say “it hot but hush”, as a solution to dealing with the way life can sometimes throw you a curve ball. I read with disgust the story in the Star about a woman who attacked her child’s father wife about a week ago.


She snatched the child from the wife’s arms, flung it to the ground and kicked…have you ever.


Some of these women need to learn the art of moving on. If it does not work out, then don’t make a spectacle of yourself to prove a point. So what if the man was with you before and you had his child? He has moved on married someone else, get over it, the only thing you need to do is ensure he takes care of his child.


Think of the embarrassment you are putting your own children through when they have to read in the paper of your sketellish behaviour.


Of course the story about this woman is not the sole case happening in Jamaica, unfortunately there are too many more out there.


It’s time to stop this vicious cycle and start having pride in yourselves. Don’t give the man more respect that you would yourself.





Stone Love rule

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Bwoy caan tell unno how people tiad a di Gully, Gaza foolishness. Si deh wi hear sey Super Claude guh play di two a dem a one big posh dance a Texas and di whole a di people dem come offa di dance floor cause dem nuh war inna nuh dancehall mix up and ediot song when dem waan dance. A good ting Wee Pow was in di house and him put on some Ben E King and dem kinda classics and di Black and White Affair session nice again.


A lesson to selectors whey nuh know dis...when yuh have classic, big people sinting di ongle ting dem waan hear is good music...when yuh dancehall session den yuh can play dem cause dem dem audience deh nuh really care.





What’s poppin

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Bwoy wi hear sinting, but win uh too wah broadcast it too tough, but to tell di truth, we haffi extend sympathy to di DJ ex wife whey get pregnant fi one next DJ. We hear sey she lose di baby. Well a just suh life go sometimes.






Bounty come offa yuh pumps and pride

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Bwoy what a way Barrington Levy talk up di tings dem On Stage with Winford Williams. He had some choice words for the cross, angry, miserable DJ Bounty Killer. He said Bounty should come off his pumps and pride and start making music.


“If Bounty meck mi serve him, nutten caan stop him,” said the singer who had one of the biggest hits with Bounty Killer entitled Living Dangerously. He said he had all the right connections, snoop, busta, you name it, you would gladly hook Bounty up with them and bust di place. It’s just for Bounty to let go of the almshouse and start making good music his focus once again.


Bounty, throw wey di almshouse ting and step whey from di pack, seen.





TESSANNE CHIN ALBUM ON THE WAY

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With mega hits such as Secret Hideaway, Messenger and Black Book to her credit reggae / rock sensation Tessanne Chin has broken the silence regarding her eagerly anticipated debut album slated to be released early next year.


According to Tessanne the album is still untitled but will feature a host of new songs and a few classics. "Well I plan on heading in a totally different direction than before as it relates to the music, I've been doing some recording of later and the album should have anywhere between 12-14 tracks. Currently I'm promoting my new song "Are You Gonna / Control" which is a fun song about the ups and downs in relationships. At some point everyone falls in love and what this song is basically saying is that either way with or without that special person I will be alright".


In other news Tessanne has also been busy collaborating with the likes of Shaggy on a song dubbed "Never Let Me Go" which is to be released later this month. Other collab's include work with singer / songwriter Kes out of Trinidad and on the local front the female dominated track "Beautiful Sister" alongside Alaine, Queen Ifrica and sister Tami Chynn.





'Reggae Reggae Sauce' Wins International Food Award

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Jamaican-born Levi Roots' 'Reggae Reggae Jerk Sauce' won the Best New Product award at the inaugural World Food Awards held recently in London.


The 'Reggae Reggae Jerk Sauce' along with another Jamaican product, Caribbean Food Delights' patties, were shortlisted in the category.


European Regional Manager, for Jamaica Trade and Invest, Mr. Laurence Jones, said the success of the Reggae Reggae sauce brand had a positive impact on other Jamaican food brands.


"The success...has served to raise the profile and increase the awareness of the quality and variety of tradition and new Jamaican and Caribbean products within the main stream British and European Markets," Mr. Jones said.


The Levi Roots brand found fame in January 2007 when Roots, a chef, extolled the virtues of the sauce, which is a secret blend of herbs and spices passed on to him by his Jamaican grandmother, on the BBC Dragon's Den Programme.


He received the backing of entrepreneurs, Mr. Peter Jones and Mr. Richard Farleigh, which led to the commercial launch of the sauce.


The sauce is now stocked by all major retailers and has been extended to a range of new flavours and products.


Roots is now the author of two Jamaican/Caribbean cookbooks, and recently hosted a six-part programme on Jamaican and Caribbean food on the BBC.





Today's Daily Word - Tuesday, November 10, 2009

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Inner Peace


I am grateful for life. I am at peace.


Life is the energy of God flowing through me, invigorating my body and illuminating my mind. Life is the confident, creative, resilient spirit that expresses through me in all that I am and all that I do.
I give thanks for the aliveness in me. I am grateful for wholeness, for my body's ability to work and rest, and for the Christ Spirit active within me. I appreciate my mind and my mind's ability to think and create.


In any challenging situation, I turn my attention to God, my source of inner peace and serenity. Attuned to God's loving presence, I am shown the way of clarity, insight and right action. Relying on my inner source of life to meet my every need, I am richly blessed and at peace.


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LOS ANGELES, USA (AFP) - Michael Jackson's father is seeking money from his late son's estate to help him meet monthly living expenses estimated at more than US$15,000, court papers filed in Los Angeles have revealed.


A motion filed on behalf of Joe Jackson on Friday argued that the administrators of the pop star's estate should have set up an allowance similar to the one established for the singer's mother, Katherine.


The papers argued that the administrators, John Branca and John McClain, knew that Michael Jackson had financially supported his father for decades.


Joe Jackson, 81, receives $1,700 a month in Social Security payments, according to the documents. He has diabetes and had a stroke in 1998.


A proposed monthly budget in the court papers lists more than $15,000 in expenses, including $1,500 for rent, $2,500 for restaurants and $5,000 for hotels and air travel.


"This court should exercise its sound discretion to award Mr Jackson a family allowance because Michael Jackson actually supported him during his lifetime and he does not have other sources for support," the papers state.


A lawyer for Branca and McClain told the Los Angeles Times they were aware of Joe Jackson's bid for money.


"It was quite surprising to learn of the request. Mr Jackson's petition will be considered as are all requests for money from Michael's estate," lawyer Howard Weitzman told the paper.


Judge Mitchell Beckloff previously approved nearly $30,000 in payments to Katherine Jackson each month and another $60,000 monthly payment for the care of the singer's three children.






Chris Brown responds to Rihanna’s 20/20 interview

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Chris Brown released a statement in response to Rihanna's appearance on ABC's "20/20," where she discussed their violent encounter that led to his assault charges.


'I maintain my position that all of the details should remain a private matter between us," he said in the statement to MTV. "I do appreciate her support and wish her the best."


In the 20/20 interview Friday, Rihanna offers a graphic account of the Feb. 7 fight with her then-boyfriend Brown, describing what she calls the terrifying blankness that seemed to come over him as he assaulted her.


"He was clearly blacked-out," she says. "There was no person when I looked at him."


Although Brown declined to respond to her specific comments, he again took responsibility.


"I am extremely sorry for what I did, and I accept accountability for my actions," he tells MTV. "At this point, I am taking the proper steps to learn about me and grow from my mistakes. I only hope that others in similar situations can learn from our experience as well. Abuse of any kind is always wrong. The rest I leave it to God."





Sean Paul for The Mo’Nique Show, Tuesday

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Grammy award winning reggae artiste, Sean Paul will sit down for a one-on-one interview with US comedy icon Mo’Nique on her new show on BET on Tuesday. The Queen of Comedy got her space in the growing talk-show industry when The Mo’Nique Show, premiered on October 5 at 11:00 pm, as part of BET’s new fall lineup.


Sean Paul’s latest album Imperial Blaze, has already set records and theartiste took home the award for Best Reggae Artist at the Soul Train Music Awards, held last week Tuesday night in Atlanta., Georgia.







In an effort to make Garfield's Christmas Wonderland a truly special event, Electro Tech Productions with the assistance of TVJ, ScotiaBank, KFC/Pizza Hut and Jamaica Beverages, and all other associate sponsors, have pledged to give kids from children's home an exclusive and unforgettable treat.


"Everything for these children will be free, from meals from KFC to rides, meet and greet Santa, giveaways, drinks by Tru Juice and Jamaica Bevarges and more. This will be our Christmas treat to them," said Peter Shoucair event promoter.


The event takes place on the lawns of Hope Gardens from December 18 - 20 and will feature a wide range of entertainment for the entire family.


The treat for the kids will be co-ordinated by the Child Development Agency.


According to Shoucair, he could have easily made donations to the various homes but it would not mean the same thing to the kids as having a day when they are totally catered to.


"This is our way of giving them a better Christmas," the Electro Tech boss shared.


Milestone Productions, agents for the characters, were so impressed by the move to give these children a day for themselves that they too are willing to make a donation through Milestone Ministries.


"They are willing to look into helping to have more children than we were anticipating. This will be the largest joint corporate venture that has ever been done for any children's home in Jamaica," Shoucair pointed out.


Meanwhile, the call is out for patrons to make use of the limited pre-sold tickets that are available at the following outlets Copy Cat, Training Camp, Coco Jam, Young's Pharmacy, May Pen, Mailbox MoBay, Broadway Surprise, Clock Tower Plaza, Rainbow Land and in some schools.


They are also encouraged to book their spaces early for the Garfield Live show as there will be limited seating available.


Some schools have already started getting a taste of what to expect as Garfield is now in Jamaica and has started visiting select schools. Step By Step was one such school that had a special visit from Garfield character along with Coco, Chicky and Chubby.


Garfield's Christmas Wonderland is sponsored by TVJ, KFC and Pizza Hut, Scotiabank, New Line Motors, Jamaica Beverages, ATL, Jamaica Observer, JIIC, Marksman, King Alarm, Shakti, Jamaica Pegasus, Oasis, New Line, Tru Juice, Breezes, Trident, Guardsman Group, Sun Island among others and is endorsed by the Jamaica Tourist Board, the Ministry of Education and the Child Development Agency.







Kingston, Jamaica, November 9, 2009 -- For popular Reggae singer, Etana, the month of November promises to be chockful of excitement. It has so far been non-stop action for "The Strong One," as she jumpstarted an intense promotional campaign with a video shoot for her compelling new single "August Town" and promotional tour in the Caribbean.


The video shoot for "August Town" went off with a bang. With August Town as the setting for the video, the Director vividly captured the realness of August Town and Etana herself. Members of the community played a key role in the video, which brings "August Town's" tell-tale lyrics to life. Fans will be thoroughly entertained by the "August Town" video, which will air on all major Caribbean TV outlets later this month.


Fresh off the heels of the "August Town" video shoot, the soulful crooner touched down in Trinidad, Antigua and Barbados this past weekend for the first leg of her promotional tour, dedicated to introducing her dynamic new music to the media and fans. With a string of TV, print and radio interviews lined-up, Etana promoted new music including "August Town," "Free" and "Happy Heart."


During the Caribbean media blitz, Etana expressed her delight at meeting the DJs who have embraced her music over the years.
According to Etana,"It was great meeting face-to-face with members of the media, who have supported my music. These are the people that have the power to make or break your music...it's important that they receive my new music first hand.”


Etana's manager, Garfield ‘Chin’ Bourne of Irish and Chin, Inc, noted that, "Many artistes take DJs and radio jocks for granted, yet these are the people solely responsible for planting and nurturing the seeds of artists. Because I started as a sound man, I will always respect a DJ's role and encourage my clients to do so as well."


The Caribbean media professionals displayed a high level of support and gave overwhelming positive feedback to Etana's new music. Humbled by this, Etana took part in each interview with ease.


On the Irish and Chin organised promotional tour, which will span over the next three months, Etana will also visit England and key markets in the United States.


"This promotional tour is an ideal vehicle of further exposing my music to the media and fans," says Etana. "It's a career first for me to embark on an effort solely designed to promote my new music."


This week, Etana will return to Jamaica to film a video for "Free." The video, which will be shot by famed director JayWil, is set to vividly depict the chanteuse's new beautiful ballad. Meanwhile, a video for the sensuous single "Happy Heart" will be filmed soon. Etana's highly anticipated sophomore album is scheduled for a Summer 2010 release on VP Records. Surely, this effort will replicate the success of her debut album The Strong One, which was heralded by fans and critics alike -- copping numerous awards including "Album of the Year" at the 2009 International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) in New York and Excellence in Music and Entertainment Awards (EME) in Jamaica.


Irish and Chin is a leading dancehall entertainment company that excels in professionalism. From staging landmark events to managing sound systems and artists, Irish and Chin has successfully thrived for over 10 years. The company's approach has always been grassroots marketing and branding. Although Irish and Chin is based in Jamaica, the company's true strength lies in the international market.







Monday November 9-Kingston Jamaica :- SoBe Entertainment/Danger Zone Recording artiste Jah Cure has Just returned from performing at the show dubbed ‘It’s Cure Again’ in Trinidad and Tobago. Jah Cure’s trip to Trinidad and Tobago was not without incident however, as an unscrupulous promoter made efforts to prevent him from performing, a statement from his publicist said.


On Saturday November 7 while staying at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Port of Spain Jah Cure was greeted by police officers along with the unscrupulous promoter who claimed that Jah Cure owed him money. The promoter with whom Jah Cure has worked with in the past was in negotiations with Jah Cure for another performance but negotiations broke down.


In order to settle the matter Jah Cure and members of his management team accompanied the promoter and the police to a nearby police station where the promoter's deposit was returned. The artiste was not arrested as reported by some media outlets and was able to fulfil his confirmed date at Guaracara Park on the same night. Jah Cure performed to over ten thousand people.


Jah Cure wishes to thank all his Trinidad and Tobago fans who came out to support him and guarantees them that despite this incident he will return to the twin island republic. Jah Cure and his management team would also like to commend members of the Trinidad and Tobago police force for their professionalism in dealing with the matter. Jah Cure is now home in Jamaica preparing for his upcoming dates in St Kitts, Barbados and Grenada.







According to an article in the Trinidad Guardian newspaper, singer Siccature Alcock, better known as Jah Cure, was released from police custody on Saturday night and subsequently able to perform at the concert he was scheduled to headline in that twin island republic.


It was reported that the singer spent three hours in police custody after an arrest warrant was issued by High Court judge, Justice Sebastien Ventour, for owing a Tobago show promoter US$19,993. It was only after the equivalent in TT dollars ($126,000) was presented, that Jah Cure was released from the Central Police Station on St Vincent Street, Port-of-Spain. He was then able to perform in a concert at Guaracara Park, Pointe-a-Pierre, later in the night.


Jah Cure was arrested on the instructions of a High Court marshal, around 7:30 pm at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Port-of-Spain. It is said that Tobago promoter, Handel Anthony, went before Justice Ventour in the Hall of Justice for a special sitting of the High Court.
Anthony had reportedly entered into an agreement with Jah Cure to perform at two concerts in T&T on April 11 and 12, this year. Anthony said he agreed to pay Jah Cure US$85,000 for these two performances. Anthony said he travelled to Jamaica in January, to finalise arrangements for Jah Cure to perform. A deposit of US$40,000 waas made. However, on March 9, Jah Cure allegedly requested the sum of US$17,000, a sum which he promised to repay on his visit to Trinidad. He also requested another US$2,993 on another occasion, the report stated.. Before he was due to arrive in T&T, Jah Cure requested US$45,000, the balance due to him for the two concerts.


The promoter said Jah Cure agreed orally to give him exclusive rights to promote and produce his next performance in T&T, which was scheduled in October. He contacted Jah Cure in August, and requested that he perform in October at the Sting Nightclub in San Fernando. He said Jah Cure declined, claiming that he did not perform in the same country more than once in any calendar year. The Tobago promoter said he found out that Jah Cure was billed as the star performer at Guaracara Park, Pointe-a-Pierre, on Saturday night. He said this was in clear breach of the artiste’s agreement to give exclusive rights for his next performance in T&T.


Anthony said Jah Cure was expected to leave Trinidad on Sunday with his US$19,993. He said he faced the real risk of not being able to recover his money if Jah Cure had returned to Jamaica. The judge subsequently granted the application for a warrant for Jah Cure’s arrest.


Reports are that someone close to Jah Cure went to the police station, and in the presence of various people, the money, TT$126,000 in cash, was counted and handed over to Anthony and the singer released.





Scenes from Wet Sundays

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Today's Daily Word - Monday, November 9, 2009

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Let Go, Let God


My spirit soars as I let go and trust God.


As I step out in faith to do something new and daring, I may feel like a skydiver moments before a jump. When I make the conscious choice to let go of my comfortable surroundings, I may experience a moment of fear. But like the skydiver, my fear is quickly replaced with exhilaration and excitement as I soar through the experience with complete trust. I let go of my fear. God is with me and all is well!


Letting go of fear is liberating. As I let go and trust God, I open the way for God's perfect expression within me and in all the circumstances of my life. I don't worry about the outcome, for I know that all is well. I know that God is in charge and that I am being divinely guided and blessed.


Trust in the Lord forever.--Isaiah 26:4
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Today's Daily Word - Sunday, November 8, 2009

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Healing


I am open and receptive to the divine healing power within me.


I am filled with the breath of Spirit. The unlimited healing power of God revitalizes me in mind and body. If I find myself feeling a bit run down or harried by the tasks before me, I stop for a moment and become conscious of my breathing. I take a break and breathe in the breath of Spirit.


I become aware of the cleansing, renewing, healing power of God. I let go of outer distractions and slow down, just for a moment, and rest quietly. I breathe in the energizing power of God and breathe out any worries or distractions. As I do, I feel peaceful and calm. I know that with every breath I take, I am filled with divine healing power and revitalized in mind, body and spirit.


The spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.--Job 33:4


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Scenes from KLAS School Tour

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Today's Daily Word - Saturday, November 7, 2009

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Seek and Find


I seek God and find true peace and prosperity.


There are times in my life when I am perfectly comfortable just where I am and others when I am seeking something more. If I am seeking, I need to ask myself what it is I hope to find. Is it greater peace and strength? Is it a change in my career or lifestyle? Do I seek a new skill, a greater challenge or an outlet for my creativity?


My seeking may be prompted by the gentle urging of Spirit to be the best that I can be. I trust Spirit now as I turn within in prayer. By seeking God first, I open myself to abundant blessings. I trust God, knowing I will find the resources, strength and confidence to be all I am meant to be. In God, I experience a life of greater joy, wisdom and prosperity.


From there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find him if you search after him with all your heart and soul.--Deuteronomy 4:29
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Scenes from Street Vybz Thrusdays

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Stop Gaza/Gully feud from growing in the schools

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School administrators have joined those expressing dismay at the growing feud among the student population over support for rival dance hall artistes Mavado and Vybz Kartel.


The rivalry has pitted Mavado's Gully supporters against Vybz Kartel's fans who describe themselves as Gaza.


According to Ruel Reid, Principal of Jamaica College, this has created a serious problem in schools and the matter must be urgently addressed before it gets out of hand.


"We don't have to bring it to this level ... we have this thing out there about sound and artistes clashing, always some confrontation. As a society, we've got to move away from that and if the artistes are projecting positive images, it must not lead to division.


Meanwhile, Guidance Counsellor Lameta Lugg said major players in the music industry should take some responsibility for what is happening in the schools.


"I think the music fraternity has to step up, acknowledge that that there is a problem, there is an issue with the music that the children are listening to. In my opinion, it is demoralising ... it is the same music that will be pulling us down and the music fraternity needs to step up and do something."





Too many weapons in school

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According to police statics made public by Children’s Advocate Mary Clarke police seized 15 guns and arrested 69 students for criminal offences at public schools throughout Jamaica during 2007/08 academic year.


Statistics for the present academic year were not immediately available, but stabbing and other violent incidents involving students continue to affect public schools. Among the most recent incidents was last month's fatal stabbing of a 16-year-old Grade 11 Fercourt High School student by a boy who attends another school in St Ann.


"Children live in communities where lawlessness abound," said Clarke. "Children pattern adult behaviour, and so when we are dealing with violence in schools we also have to treat with domestic violence. The home is the first school for a child and so we have to treat with community violence,” she was quoted as saying in the Observer.


What’s really happening in our schools. Are we sending our children into war zones instead of learning institutions? It makes a parent want to cocoon their child and not send them out into the big bad world.







LEWD, sexually explicit music and early exposure to pornography can have a lasting negative impact on children, psycopathalogist with Children First Camille Lemonious warns.


"Whatever we hear, that is what we become," Lemonious said, responding to a damning Observer investigation over a two-week period which showed schoolchildren and bus crews involved in explicit behaviour while exposed to lewd music in public passenger buses. "When children are in their formative years, music can seep into the subconscious without any effort. Children can't always distinguish what is right and wrong and so they will want to say, practice and experiment what they hear," she explained. "Without a doubt, these types of music will influence their behaviour."
She added that a number of these children will also underperform in school.


"For them to keep awake from 9:00 am 'til 3:00 pm is a big struggle. The interest is just not there," Lemonious said. "Yet if these same children hear a little music is 'pow! pow!' and hands up in the air! They just want to go home and party."


Some guidance counsellors agreed with Lemonious' theory.
"Some students are able to manage and focus on their schoolwork, but for the most part they are distracted," Courtney Thomas, guidance counsellor at St Andrew Technical High school, said. "It boils down to how well they can cope as individuals, but emotional distraction is a big thing for them. There is very little to frighten us anymore. They (children) live in a society where they are exposed to these things and so we have to deal with them in their individual way. In my view, we are an oversexed society in terms of our language, discussions, our music, in the communities - everything is just sex."


According to him once adolescents become exposed to sex, it will captivate and hold their focus.


Osbourne St Bernard Sutherland, guidance counsellor at Kingston Technical High school, has an interesting view. He said the students' behaviour on buses, particularly the girls', give them a sense of personal value and worth.


"It may seem strange, but some see this as giving them some sense of importance to be described in this way," he explained. This, he said, is especially true if they have no father figure.


"They feel a sense of worth if they can appeal to the boys in that way, to be able to make the boys feel a certain way. And what you find is that the music gives momentum to it."


Sutherland feels it is the responsibility of the society to bring children back to a sense of value and morality.


"It is the responsibility of the society - the church, school, media, community - all of us to give them a sense of value and to let them know they do not have to expose themselves to be appealing. It is going to require the effort of all of us."


Pauline Goulbourne and Garfield Jaddoo, guidance counsellors at the Jose Marti Technical High School in Spanish Town, said that some of the students involved in the bus escapades are the same students from the inner-city communities who will confess to going to all-night dances with their parents.


"Dances will keep right through the night and they tell you they went with their parents," Goulbourne said. "Sometimes you feel as if you can't quite reach them. Some of them feel they can't be anything in life, that they are worthless, and so we have to first build their self-esteem."


Jaddoo agrees that many students in and around Spanish Town who display these behaviours are in fact coming from communities where this type of culture is the norm.


"We engage them in group counselling, workshops with parents, community groups and things like that," Jaddoo said. "But sometimes it is being undermined because they go back into the community and see the same things. But you have to encourage them regarding what they want to accomplish. Music is a part of us, it does influence behaviour, but it is how and what you listen to," he said.





Sean Paul takes the Soul Train Award for Reggae

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Sean Paul took home the award for Best Reggae Artist at the Soul Train Music Awards, held on Tuesday night in Atlanta.


The Best Reggae Artist catagory was a first this year for the award show. Nominees for the 2009 Soul Train Best Reggae Artist Award included Mavado, Serani, Tarrus Riley, and Ziggy Marley.


Yardflex would like to join in with those congratulating Sean Paul





Lindsay Lohan Calls Her Dad a Loser

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After Michael Lohan released recorded tapes of his daughter Lindsay Lohan's cries for help, the 'Mean Girls' actress struck back at her father, branding him a "loser."


"My fathers [sic] such a loser & those recordings are from years ago," Lohan tweeted. "To release personal things is foul enough, but to edit them ..."


"I used to think ... that he needed the book for dummies on learning how to be a father. Haha-he's [sic] needs the book for dummies on HOW TO BE A MAN," she wrote in a second update.





YardFlex Hot Charts

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‘WHY DO JAMAICANS RUN SO FAST’ the documentary film by Spanish/Jamaican company Nice Time Productions on the triumphs of Jamaica’s Beijing Olympic athletes, has triumphed over 120 entries from the world’s leading sports TV stations and film makers, to win the Garland of Honour in the category of “Olympic Spirit” at the 2009 Milan Movies, Sports & TV Film Festival in Milan, Italy.


Shirley Hanna, Executive Director of Nice Time Productions said the Award was presented on Wednesday, November 4 to producer Fernando Garcia and director Miguel Galofre, who attended the Festival in person and received the gold award. The Garland of Honour is one of three special categories of Festival awards. The Excellence Award was won by the official film of Olympic Games of Beijing “The Everlasting Flame: Beijing Olympics 2008” produced by CCTV - China Central Television – China and presented to the director of the film Gu Jun and to the General manager of the CCTV Dr. Guo Benming.


WHY DO JAMAICANS RUN SO FAST features footage of all the six Beijing Olympic Gold medal victories, as well as interviews with the medal winners at home in Jamaica, features of the communities in which they live and comments from leading Jamaicans. A reggae music soundtrack completes the joyous feel of the documentary.


The film received applause and acclaim when it was premiered in February 2009 at the CPTC as part of the scaled-down Reggae Film Festival, and it was later selected as the opening night feature of the Kingston On The Edge arts week. In September the film was one of the top three winners in the Best Documentary category of the American Black Film Festival held in Miami , Florida .


Nice Time Productions is currently in production of a documentary on dance hall “Hit Me With Music” and a second film on Jamaica ’s prison rehabilitation programmes.

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ST. CATHERINE, JA (Ms. RAINE INC.): In response to current reports of 'Gaza buttons' and paraphernalia depicting the violent images of Dancehall deejay Vybz Kartel and the so-called Gaza/Gully feud being seized from vendors at several Corporate Area schools, Adidja 'Vybz Kartel' Palmer issues the following statement:


"Vybz Kartel does not sanction or condone the selling of Gaza buttons with violent images and statements, especially to children and teenagers. We do not own the Gaza name but recognize that unscrupulous and unethical persons may be seeking to profit from the popularity of the Gaza name by engaging in these terrible practices. We urge the relevant authorities to move quickly to protect innocent children from those who would seek to corrupt them.


Vybz Kartel is in the business of music, and through Vybz Rum Limited,the business of alcoholic beverages. We are not involved in the business of merchandising, nor do we benefit from the sale of clothing and other paraphernalia which may bear the Gaza name."





Today's Daily Word - Friday, November 6, 2009

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Prosperity


I am blessed by the goodness of God.


Prosperity manifests in my life in myriad ways--not only as money. As I count my blessings, I realize that God's goodness is everywhere. I give thanks for my food, shelter, friends, family and livelihood. I focus on my blessings rather than dwelling on any perception of lack.


The more I look for things to be grateful for, the more blessings I find. By noticing these blessings and giving thanks, I am positive, productive and prepared for good.


The more good I perceive, the more I receive. As I appreciate all of God's blessings and dwell in abundance and contentment, even more goodness comes my way.


I choose to live in God's abundance, accepting all the blessings life has to offer.


I tell you, to all those who have, more will be given.--Luke 19:26
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Xtras boss gunned down at home

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Sandra ‘Sandy’ Supersad, general manager of the popular Corporate Area chain of boutiques, Xtra’s, was gunned down Wednesday evening as she drove into her gated apartment complex on Waterloo Avenue in Kingston.


Supersad had reportedly driven her Suzuki SUV into the Waterloo Lawn complex when two men, who had been seen loitering around the complex, forced their way through the gate and approached the vehicle. She was shot three times at close range. Supersad was rushed to the University Hospital of the West Indies in the same vehicle. She was pronounced dead.


Eyewitnesses say the gunmen fled the scene on a bike.
Shock, horror and disbelief was registered on the faces of friends and family members who quickly streamed into the hospital as news of the incident spread across the city.


Supersad’s murder follows sharply on the heels of the brutal killing of the general manager of Tools Hardware, Elva Mullings, who was gunned down in her driveway in Portmore St Catherine exactly one month ago — Monday October 5.





Was Jah Vince beaten or not?

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Check out this Star story…never a dull moment in mix up entertainment.


'Why?' is the response from singer Jah Vinci when asked about rumours circulating on the Internet, that he had been beaten and was planning to leave the Portmore Empire.


Rumours have been circulating on the streets for a while that the singer is unhappy in the Vybz Kartel-led Portmore Empire, but got more intense when it was circulated on the Internet that the singer had been beaten. According to a popular entertainment website in an article that was released yesterday, Jah Vinci was allegedly beaten in his face after commenting that he was unhappy in the Portmore Empire.


denied the rumours


When contacted by THE STAR yesterday however, Jah Vinci whose real name is André Kirk Rhoden, categorically denied the rumours of his beating and about him leaving the Empire. The Portmore Empire has been credited for 'bussing' his career in music. "A lie dat, a rumour" said Jah Vinci, who is known for songs such as Watch Yuh Friends and Wipe Those Tears.


He further commented, "last week mi hear sey mi hand broke and all kinda ting. I've been getting all kinda calls from people sey mi lef Empire - it's not true. Everything is good."


Rumours also claimed that Vybz Kartel, who heads Jah Vinci's management team, was taking huge portions of the payments he received.


However, sources revealed that Jah Vinci complained about this, which led to his beating. There are also claims that photos were taken of the singer after his beating.





November 16 trial for Mr Lexx

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Christopher Palmer aka Mr Lexx case was put off for November 16 after he appeared in courton Monday of this week.


Mr Lexx was arrested and charged with rape in New York last month.


The DJ appeared in court in Queens, New York and his $US 2,500 bail was extended until his next court appearance.


Lexx was arrested after a woman reported to the police that he sexually molested her. It is alleged that the woman was in her room at a hotel in Queens, when the deejay forced himself on her. The police arrested the deejay the next morning.


The deejay, who is known for songs such as Full Hundred and Cook, is stuck in the United States until the matter is settled in court. He is reportedly working on some musical projects while there.







International singer, Bobby Valentino, will be one of the special guests at Gully god Mavado’s Mavado's Birthday Bash "Jagra - Real McKoy," on December 5th at Temple Hall Estate, St Andrew.


Mavado and Bobby Valentino worked on a remix of Bobby's Billboard smash "Hands on Me" together earlier this year, as well as collaborating on other yet-to-be released projects. The "Hands on Me" remix is a big hit on the local Dancehall scene and fans can definitely look forward to seeing Mavado and Bobby V sing the song
for the first time together anywhere.
"I cant wait to come back to Jamaica to see my ladies," said Bobby V, who has performed once before in the island. "Last time I was there it was crazy love and I'm thrilled to return and help Mavado celebrate his birthday in style. I'll be singing all the favourite hits for my females, we just gona do it up big for the Gangsta on his birthday!"


Also celebrating with the Gully god will be huge names
from the local artist and sound system scene like Bounty Killer, Elephant Man, Sizzla, Busy Signal, Wayne Marshall, Flexxx, Chase Cross, Munga, Demarco, Vegas, Stacious, Spice, Lady Saw, the Gully Squad, Stone Love, Swatch, Sky Juice and Boom Boom/


Security is the prime concern of Mavado for his event as he is determined to have another incident-free party where his thousands of fans can come and enjoy the festivities in a safe and secure
environment. Police personnel and private security will be on site at all times to ensure the safety of patrons and their property.


Atlanta-native Bobby Valentino's first single, "Slow Down," became a top 10 hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and #1 R&B single Billboard R&B Singles. Lately he has seen huge success from his single "Beep" and for his unforgettable chorus on Lil Wayne's mega-
hit "Mrs Officer."





Rihanna talk up di tings

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Rihanna finally breaks her silence on the Chris Brown beating. She admits to being strong, foolish and is now advocating that other young girls not be caught in the same trap...check out her interview below





Scences from Weddy Weddy

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Today's Daily Word - Thursday, November 5, 2009

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Guidance


Spirit guides and directs me in all my choices.


Just as a hiker following a map aligns the arrow of a compass with true north, I align myself with the Christ within to discern my way. While I may weigh my choices, research and consider options, or seek to make informed decisions, I turn to Spirit as my unfailing guide.


Making a wise choice is of benefit to me, whether it's a small matter or a life-altering decision. The Christ Spirit is my internal guide supporting my highest good. I create times of quiet listening and know that guidance will come. I have but to seek, to ask and to listen with my mind and heart.


I live confidently, knowing Spirit guides and directs me in all my choices.


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Scenes from Boasy Tuesdays

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As the musical war between the Mavado-led Gully and the Gaza, represented by Vybz Kartel, heats up, one T-shirt manufacturer is making money from the feud.


However, clothing brand Drenz Fashion is dismissing rumours in the street that they are the manufacturers of the controversial garments.
CEO Richie Drenz says he is not a Gaza or Gully fan, he’s a fan of music.


“I don’t believe there is no need for segregation in the music industry. I represent fashion, suh a fashion mi seh, pree we name Drenz Fashion. Mi no need fi put Gaza or Gully to promote my sales,” he is quoted as saying in one newspaper.


Word began circulating that Drenz was producing a line of Gully/Gaza T-shirts after products of similar style and print began to appear on the market.


Richie Drenz, In further clearing his brand, explained that his signature wrong sided stitch, is missing from the Gully/Gaza shirts on the market.


“It would not make any business sense to print Gaza or Gully on my T-shirts when I have spent years creating an independent brand,” he added.


So the question remains, Who is making the Gully/Gaza T-shirts?





Oh no!

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To be young, gifted and black…is a song that a lot of Jamaican personalities will not be singing. The saddest thing about the whole deal is that they actually believe that it’s OK to bleach.


Where is the self love, where is the pride in the mahogany colour…Don’t real know, but check out this story on bleaching carried in the Star. It makes you wonder about the real progress of our people.


Skin bleaching has been a phenomenon, particularly in the poor inner cities, for many years now. Its association with the same socio-economic class as dancehall has manifested in the songs with multiple references to the practice.


One reference that is highly uncommon though is a deejay glorifying the use of bleaching. In steps Lisa Hype, an upcoming deejay who is affiliated with Vybz Kartel's Portmore Empire.


In the song Proud A Mi Bleaching, which was released last month, Lisa Hype explains that she isn't shameful of her skin bleaching practice. Since its release, she said the song has been a hit, especially among women who do it as well.


"Di girl dem seh mi a lock it fi dem this year. A me alone a talk fi dem. Mi nuh know which girl nowadays nah bleach, even fi use likkle Nadinola and rub on fi mek dem face cool.”


"A bleaching a run the place and it all right because dat fi show yuh seh yuh a tek care of yourself."


But not everyone loves it. Prior to her song, there were several artistes who lashed out against the act like Nardo Ranks in Dem A Bleach and Buju Banton in Black Woman.


More recently, Queen Ifrica recorded Mi Nah Rub, in which she sings "di person weh seh black nah wear again insecure wid demself, so nuh follow dem. Mi nah bleach mi nuh care if dat a di trend. Proud to be black."


she liked the look


Lisa Hype says from what she's been hearing, the song "gone".


"People a bun it (bleaching). Nuff a dem a bun it and dem gal a do it. Mi nuh hear nobody lash out against the song. Everybody see mi and seh it gone," Lisa Hype said, while noting that she has been bleaching for about two years because she liked the look.





No obeah round here

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The Jamaican drama continues with a story we saw in the Star. According to the paper an obeah woman was on Friday chased from her Portland community after being accused of casting spells on residents and preventing them from getting visas.


The Portland police yesterday confirmed the incident but noted that the woman is to speak with them later this week.


After telling everyone he was denied the document, the disappointed man was told by family members that he was the third resident recently, to come up empty-handed after visiting the embassy.


As word of the man's failure spread through the community, the other two residents, another man and a woman, came to visit the latest 'victim'.


As they spoke with each other they concluded that they were cursed.


"..For some stupid reason they came up with the idea that they were under obeah," the corporal said.


According to the corporal, information received from other residents also suggests that the three previously had verbal altercations with the woman.


THE STAR was further told that some time around 6 p.m. a group of about a dozen residents went to the obeah woman's house and ordered her to leave the community.


When the woman disobeyed the orders, her house was stoned and a section where she conducted her practice was set on fire.


The mob is also said to have threatened to light the whole house if she chose to remain inside.


It is reported that at that point she agreed to leave and was escorted to a bus stop just outside the community. She has not returned since leaving the area.


After the incident, other residents reportedly made contact with the police and told them of the situation.


The corporal said the police were yesterday contacted by a relative of the woman who requested help. The relative was told to urge the woman to come in and speak with the police in person.


Oh boy, honestly, in this day and age we didn’t think people were still buying into this obeah argument.





THE PRESIDENT'S HALF BROTHER SPEAKS OUT

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President Barack Obama's half brother has broken his media silence to discuss his new novel — the semi-autobiographical story of an abusive parent patterned on their late father, the mostly absent figure Obama wrote about in his own memoir.


In his first interview, Mark Ndesandjo told The Associated Press that he wrote "Nairobi to Shenzhen" in part to raise awareness of domestic violence.


"My father beat my mother and my father beat me, and you don't do that," said Ndesandjo, whose mother, Ruth Nidesand, was Barack Obama Sr.'s third wife. "It's something which I think affected me for a long time, and it's something that I've just recently come to terms with."


Like his novel's main character, Ndesandjo had an American mother who is Jewish and who divorced his Kenyan father. The novel, which goes on sale Wednesday by the self-publishing company Aventine Press, is one of several books in the works by relatives of the president.


President Obama's parents separated two years after he was born in Hawaii in 1961. The senior Obama, a Kenyan exchange student, divorced the president's mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, in 1964 and had at least six other children in his native Kenya.


For the past seven years, Ndesandjo has been living in the booming southern Chinese city of Shenzhen, near Hong Kong, and has refused all interview requests until now.





Rihanna speaks out

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In addition to her sit down with Diane Sawyer this week, Rihanna also opens up in the new Glamour magazine about the leak of the infamous police evidence photo showing her face battered and bruised by then-boyfriend Chris Brown.


"It was humiliating; that is not a photo you would show to anybody," she told the publication. "I felt completely taken advantage of. I felt like people were making it into a fun topic on the internet, and it’s my life. I was disappointed, especially when I found out the photo was (supposedly leaked by) two women."


Two female LAPD officers were suspended in September after the photo was published on gossip site TMZ.com shortly after the assault. Rihanna admits she was not ready for the immediate onslaught of media attention that would follow.


"It has taught me so much. I felt like I went to sleep as Rihanna and woke up as Britney Spears. That was the level of media chaos that happened the next day," she said. "It was like, What, there are helicopters circling my house? There are 100 people in my cul-de-sac? What do you mean, I can’t go back home?"


Rihanna hopes that her ordeal with teen domestic violence can help shed light on the issue.


"Domestic violence is a big secret. No kid goes around and lets people know their parents fight. Teenage girls can’t tell their parents that their boyfriend beat them up. You don’t dare let your neighbor know that you fight," she tells Glamour. "It’s one of the things we (women) will hide, because it’s embarrassing. My story was broadcast all over the world for people to see, and they have followed every step of my recovery.


"The positive thing that has come out of my situation is that people can learn from that. I want to give as much insight as I can to young women, because I feel like I represent a voice that really isn’t heard. Now I can help speak for those women."







Dancehall artiste, Sheldon ‘Aidonia’ Lawrence, who, according to his publicist, is now transcending on a positive path and has shed himself of all negativity, while focusing his efforts on taking his career to that next level. will this Friday, November 6 premier his new video on for the hit single 'Evil Head'.


The video set against the background of Aidonia ridding himself of evil doers and people with malicious intent was shot entirely on location in Port Royal, once known as the wickedest city on Earth. The project also features cameos from fellow J.O.P members Deablo and Surverto.


Director Julia Braham of 1456 Productions said "the video will give people an opportunity to see Aidonia in a different light", the same was concurred by his publicist Shadow who explained that "The artiste Currently his main aim is to complete his debut album slated for release in the coming months".


The single currently one of the most played on the 'Nuh Fear' rhythm compilation was produced by Tarik "Russian" Johnston and Cleveland "Brixton" Scott of Head Concussion Records.


In addition to completing his album, Aidonia is preparing for a very hectic holiday season which includes the highly anticipated Sting 2009 showcase among other local and international gigs.





Today's Daily Word - Wednesday, November 4, 2009

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Magnify



I magnify God's good in my life.


Whatever I focus my thoughts on increases. This is true for all things, wanted and unwanted. Thinking fearful thoughts increases my fear. Focusing on what I love enhances my experience of love.


I magnify all manifestations of good by focusing my thoughts on God. Appreciation is a God-given power tool that magnifies the good in my life. Any time during the day, I can use this tool to reenergize my body, mind and spirit. I appreciate the vitality that flows through my body. I value the clarity of my thoughts and memory. I appreciate the ever-present love of God that lifts my spirits. I am grateful for my ability to magnify God's good in my life.


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Scenes from Uptown Mondays

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Vivian Blake's brother murdered

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The police are theorising that robbery was the motive behind yesterday's murder of Paul Anthony Bruce, brother of former Shower Posse founder Vivian Blake.


Bruce, 50, a businessman was murdered yesterday after gunmen invaded his upscale home in Smokey Vale, St Andrew.


Police reports are that some time after 10 a.m., armed men forced their way into Bruce's home and opened fire.


Bruce was shot and injured and died on the spot.


His personal chef was also shot and injured.


According to investigators, the gunmen tried to escape with Bruce's BMW X6 motorcar but for some reason only made off with its keys.


Blake arrived back in Jamaica earlier this year after spending more than eight years behind bars in the United States.





What a bam bam!

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http://www.jamaica-star.com/images/2009/spacer.gifBut a wha dat a reading in the Star sah? Fi real only in Jamaica you hear bout di wuss tings dem. Imagine a ting like funeral, whey yuh should be a a somber mood a lay di dead to rest, big fight bruck out between wife and matey.


According to whey di story guh, The burial of a St Elizabeth man was on Saturday interrupted after the mother of his child and another woman alleged to be his secret lover knocked fists in full view of the already distressed family members and friends who were there.


According to people at the burial, things were going as planned until Kingsley's babymother arrived.


It is said that upon her arrival about 4 p.m., she immediately and loudly expressed her disgust at the presence of another woman Betty, said to be her 'matie'.


"Yu si from she reach and si di girl, she not even wait she jus' start cuss and a class up di girl," a police source and friend of Kingsley told THE STAR.


Despite attempts to calm her down, the babymother is said to have gone further and allegedly approached Betty, ordering her to leave.


"Di way dem get wild nobody not even did too waa run een fi part dem, dem gwaan wicked star ... . Yu tink a now dem a war, a long time eno. See it deh now di man all dead and dem still a fight," he added.


It was also said that Betty managed to take a pair of scissors from her handbag and stabbed at her 'rival'.


At the end of the bout, the women had to be rushed from the scene as their dresses were ripped, exposing parts of their bodies. In addition, both reportedly suffered bruises, swellings and busted lips.


Bwoy oh bwoy, di ongle ting we can say is a wha dis fada.





Bolt adopts cheetah

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NAIROBI, Kenya - The world's fastest man adopted the animal kingdom's fastest sprinter yesterday, as Usain Bolt welcomed a new baby cheetah named "Lightning Bolt" into his life.


The Jamaican sprinter's sponsorship of the three-month-old male cheetah is part of an effort to boost Kenyan conservation efforts of its famous wildlife, whose survival is threatened by trophy hunting, climate change and human encroachment.


The world record-holder in the 100 and 200 metres paid US$13,700 to formally adopt the cub. He will also pay US$3,000 a year to care for Lighting Bolt, who will be raised at an animal orphanage in Nairobi.





Rihanna on Chris Brown: 'It Can Happen To Anyone'

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In her first interview since her ex-boyfriend Chris Brown attacked her the night before the Grammys, Rihanna opens up to Diane Sawyer about the incident in an interview that will air on 'Good Morning America' and '20/20' later this week, PEOPLE reports.


"This happened to me. ... It can happen to anyone," the 'Umbrella' hitmaker says.


Rihanna explains that dealing with the aftermath was hard because of her feelings for Brown. "He was definitely my first big love."


Brown pleaded guilty to felony assault and was sentenced to probation and community service. He must also stay 100 yards away from his former girlfriend.





Marley heirs wage global war on trademark pirates

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Bob Marley’s heirs are going to great lengths to ensure that that they protect their dad’s trademark. They will be going all out 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.


The Marley name, look and sound are estimated to generate an estimated $600 million a year in sales of unlicensed wares. Legal sales are much smaller - just $4 million for his descendants in 2007, according to Forbes magazine. The Marleys refuse to give a figure.


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.


A representative of the Bobo Ashanti order, a Rastafarian group, also expressed support.


"Bob Marley was and still is a stepping stone for many around the world who seek Rastafari roots and culture," said the Rasta rep who identified himself as the Honorable Prophet Moambeh Acosta in an e-mail. "We can only hope and pray for the (family's) success ... as the task seems insurmountable due to the years of piracy and counterfeiting."


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.





Today's Daily Word - Tuesday, November 3, 2009

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Freedom


I am an expression of the freedom of God.


At home or abroad, I see the world as a place where justice prevails. I envision all people living in a fair, just and peaceful society where they are free to love God and free to be themselves.
Knowing that God the good is present in every person and in every situation, I call upon our leaders to demonstrate that love has no boundaries and that every human being has the divine right to live in peace.


As I exercise my freedom, I choose to discover and experience the goodness of God in all its forms. As I choose to see God's good, I am choosing peace. By choosing peace, I express the truth of God within me.


I am an expression of the freedom of God, contributing to peace and harmony in the world.


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Scenes from Wet Sundays

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Smady finally slap LA Lewis!

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Lawks mi caan laugh, mi know yuh nuh supposed to enjoy when smady get lick, but mi haffi tell di truth. A nuff nuff people inna di streets a laugh like hell bout di story sey Dj Mr G formerly Goofy slap him wid a gun.


Dem sey a long time LA a go round and a meck a nuisance a himself, him gi trouble here suh, him gi trouble dere so, him just nuff suh.


Dem sey it was just a matter a time before smady caan teck nuh more and deal wid him case. Look how him owe di tattoo man money, carry him go court and him same one get ordered fi pay di man! Den di drama wid him and Lady Marsha and a nex one whey dem sey him rip dem off.


Not to mention to di whole heap a ediat press release whey him company LA Lewis Entertprise a send out.


Now, we hope, deh lick deh whey meck him cool him tail and kip quiet…but wi have a feeling dat afta it cool off it a guh be him dat again!





$300,000 bail for Mr. G

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Dancehall deejay Mr G, also known as Goofy, was on Friday granted $300,000 bail in the Gun Court, following an incident with wannabe entertainer LA Lewis.


It is alleged that Mr. G pulled his licensed firearm on Lewis, but according to Mr. G’s lawyers it was in self-defence as LA Lewis, a trained dispute resolution mediator, allegedly attacked their client with a machete.


Mr. G, whose real name in Chad Simpson, was ordered to surrender his travel documents and will return to court on November 27. Simpson, who is represented by attorneys Tom Tavares-Finson and Chris Tavares-Finson, turned himself into the police on October 27, a day after his run-in with Lewis.


Mr. G was charged with illegal possession of a firearm and robbery with aggravation.


On Friday, the court was told Lewis, who is a jack of all trades in the entertainment fraternity, was given $10,000 by Mr G to distribute posters for a dance. Lewis reportedly failed to carry out his duties and was asked by Mr G to return the money.
It’s further alleged that Lewis returned $7,000 but refused to hand over the rest, which caused an altercation., during which LA Lewis reportedly attacked Mr. G with a machete. Mr G, in turn reportedly pulled his licensed firearm. Reports are that LA Lewis’ cell phone was confiscated as compensation for the balance of the money.
Lewis, its is further alleged, was relieved of his cell phone in return for the outstanding money.





Too many people dying on the road

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By Rootzgirl


My heart nearly broke on Saturday, while reading about the accident along the Whitehouse main road in Westmoreland on Friday. He was celebrating his birthday and making big plans for a birthday party. The accident happened about 5:30 pm according to the police. His blue Lexus (Altezza) was travelling from the Farm district direction towards Whitehouse when the driver lost control and hit a coaster bus before colliding with a white delivery truck. Police said that all three men in the car died on the spot.


According to the Star one witness was reported as saying the accident as nothing he has ever seen. "The car is crumbled beyond recognition believe me one of the men in the car, his head got chopped off to how the accident bad. This is the worse," the man said. "I saw it from the beginning, Mackie (the driver) drove passed the bar and as he looked across his eyes and mine made 'four' then the car was like something from Tokyo Drift


The sad thing about it all is that instead of a happy birthday celebration three families are now in mourning.


The road death clock is ticking away and no one is taking note. Drivers are still being careless, they somehow think that they will be the lucky ones to speed and take chances and escape.


Yardflex would like to take the opportunity to warn motorists to be careful. Speed indeed kills.


The government is spending so much money in road safety campaign and it’s not even registering on these drivers.


Passengers, whether you are in a public transport vehicle or a friend is giving you a lift…do not allow them to be careless with it.





Michael Jackson documentary sell off!

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This Is It has earn ed over $101 million in its global debut. It topped the US Box office with $21.3 million. Even in death Michael’s pull is still very strong.


Sony announced it is extending the film's domestic run through Thanksgiving weekend, or by three weeks – which means that the movie's DVD release has also been pushed back by roughly the same amount of time.


The disc was originally set to be released prior to Christmas, but due to a regulation that usually forces studios to wait a minimum 90 days before releasing a new film to DVD, "This Is It" will now make its debut in late January or early February, 2010, according to the Los Angeles Times. Hollywood Reporter columnist Roger Friedman says the DVD release date will be Jan 20.


Overseas, the studio will decide whether to extend the film's theatrical run on a territory by territory basis.


"This is It," which opened Tuesday night, grossed an estimated $32.5 in its 5 ½ day domestic bow from 3,481 runs. It ran on 15,000 screens worldwide.


Friedman points out that "This is It" is on track to be the third-largest-grossing documentary in history, putting it right behind Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 911? and “Earth,” and ahead of Moore’s other films, as well as Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” and Madonna’s “Truth or Dare.”


It could get better, it is possible that the documentary could be submitted for Acasdemy award consideration.





BEBE WINANS' EX-WIFE 'HURT' BY OPRAH

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TMZ.com has tracked down the ex-wife of gospel star BeBe Winans to get her reaction to his continued appearances on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" despite his ongoing domestic violence case.


In February, Debra Winans made headlines after accusing her ex-husband of shoving her to the ground in front of their two kids, ages 10 and 13. According to the report, the two had a "verbal altercation" regarding "custody issues dealing with their children."


In light of Winfrey's stand against domestic violence, and particularly Chris Brown, who has pleaded guilty to assaulting then-girlfriend Rihanna, Debra Winans tells TMZ she's "hurt by Oprah's decision to have BeBe on the show."


Ironically, BeBe's arrest in February came one day before Oprah aired her domestic violence special in response to the Chris Brown case.


With a domestic violence charge pending until another court hearing next year, BeBe was on "Oprah" Friday to promote "Still," his new gospel album with sister CeCe. He is also the host of "Oprah's Karaoke Challenge," a nationwide competition to find the best karaoke singer.


Round 1 of the challenge will air on Thursday (Nov. 5).


Well jackass did say the world nuh level, don’t?





Today's Daily Word - Monday, November 2, 2009

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Art of Giving


I give from the Christ of my Being.


When I think of giving as an art--a creative expression of my Christ Light--I pour more of myself into giving. I tune in to ways I can support others and give meaningful gifts that will delight the receiver.


Divine ideas come to mind as I shift my focus away from "things" to the art of true giving. As I write a letter to a friend with whom I've lost contact or give an encouraging smile to a struggling stranger, I know that just what is needed is mine to give. I am inspired to give more as new creative expressions of giving come to mind. Knowing that the circle of giving is also receiving, I am grateful for all that I give and all that I receive.


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Today's Daily Word - Sunday,November,1, 2009

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In the Flow


I live in the divine flow of love and life.


Today I claim my divine birthright. I am a child of God, immersed in the energy of light, love and joy. Regardless of any outer appearances, I know that all things are working together for my highest good. I have faith that divine love supports and sustains me in all circumstances. As I relax and accept my blessings, I freely move toward even greater good.


I have faith in God's great love for me. In deepest gratitude, I realize that God's love is unconditional, freely given and freely experienced. Love spills over into all areas of my life. What a joy it is to live in the divine flow of life and love!


Let anyone who is thirsty come to me, and let the one who believes in me drink. As the scripture has said, "Out of the believer's heart shall flow rivers of living water."--John 7:37-38


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Scenes from Olivia aka Nioma

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Beenie Man bad mind?

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Di odda day wi watching Entertainment Report and dem a interview Isaiah Laing from Supreme Promotions. Him a respond to a comment whey Beenie Man meck bout Sting. Him sey him nuh know why Beenie sey it, but Beenie Man mussi get bad mind like Bounty Killer! A wah dis fada. Laing sey all who a look fi Beenie Man pon Sting stage caan nuh badda look cause him nuh want Beenie Man dere. Wi wanda a whey Beenie coulda duh suh, fi get ban from Sting stage. All di same, win uh too feel it dis year, cause di best clash dem have is a graffiti artist and Mr G…wi star yawm aready.





Today's Daily Word - Monday, November 30, 2009

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World Peace


I see God in every face.


When I witness discord among people, I may wonder how we can live together in peace. Divisions polarize, but I can be part of a peaceful alternative.


I know that all people originate from the same divine source. Every person of every faith, tradition, lifestyle and nationality is a child of God. We are all members of the same spiritual family. Even though family members may not always agree, we are all bound together by the love of God. Like spokes on a wheel, no matter which direction each of us points, we all connect at the center.


As I look into the faces of my spiritual brothers and sisters, I see the light of God in every face, and I send them love. This season, I give the gift of peace to all.


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Looks like a Gully/Gaza weekend

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It look like it’s gonna be a Gaza/Gully weekend coming up. Bolt a have him super party Saturday night inna St Ann, with him deejay Vybz Kartel as one of him special guest and the Gully god Mavado a have fi him birthday party the same night, inna Temple Hall. A wonder a which one a dem a go get the biggest support. Gully and Gaza to the flippin’ world! is all we can say.





Clash bill reach $18 M and growing

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So wid Kartel $13 million and Ele $5 million, that a $18 million. So how much Bounty and Flippa a go want? It is really not funny.
And the Sting promoter dem a bawl already how dem don’t have no sponsor and how things tight. But dem say that every year and still the show go on.


But, as we say, if Sting want full house like last year, dem haffi go provide the clash between the two real big man -- Vybz and Bounty.





Sting just a walk round a look fi clash

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After 20-odd years is time Sting get it right. First, dem come wid de fool-fool clash with Goofy, who hardly have a career and the graffiti clown LA Lewis, who will never have a career. Next we see Laing a try draw out poor Ele, how Flippa did waan clash wid him but it look like Ele fraid. And, the next ting you know, we see how Ele want $5 milion fi clash wid Flippa. Right now, dem don’t have a show, cause everybody know she Sting patron a go deh fi raw meat. A just clash straight and if Sting cyan provide that, then the show a go flop.







Former 100-meter world-record holder, Tim Montgomery, certainly held nothing back in the interview with the British newspaper. From the reason why he started taking performance enhancing steroids, to the intimate details of his relationship with partner and fellow sprint star, Marion Jones, he told it all.


Montgomery, in an interview with The Times of London newspaper from a federal prison in Alabama, where he is serving time for bank fraud and drug dealing, said he took the drugs because he wanted to beat American sprint rival Maurice Greene and become the fastest man in the world.


He said he and former partner Marion Jones stored their steroids in the refrigerator "next to the vegetables."


"Maurice got in my head real bad," Montgomery said in the interview, which was published Friday. "I wanted everything that he had."
Montgomery criticizes Greene for "clowning the other athletes." And it was after the 1999 world championships in Seville, Spain, that Montgomery decided do something.


"I would give anything to be the world's fastest," said Montgomery, who left coach Steve Riddick and joined doping-tainted coach Trevor Graham. "I wouldn't let anything get in my way."


Montgomery never tested positive for drugs, but he was linked to the BALCO doping investigation and has admitted that he doped before the 2000 Sydney Olympics. He retired in December 2005 after the Court of Arbitration for Sport banned him from track and field for two years.


Montgomery said he and Jones became an item in 2002 after spending several hours talking on a flight to Rome.


"Two hours later we were alone in a hotel room together. Two weeks after that we were crowned the world's fastest couple. And six months after that she was pregnant," said Montgomery, who added that Jones could make herself cry for the cameras.


Despite his success, Montgomery said Jones was the "prima donna" of Graham's group of track athletes, and added that he was dating her for the public and not for himself.


"An athlete can be so consumed by being great," Montgomery said. "And we were too similar, we both wanted to achieve at any cost and you can't have two people like that together."


Last year, Jones served six months in prison for perjury in the BALCO case. She never tested positive for doping, but was stripped of her five medals from the Sydney Games after admitting that she was doping at the time.


Montgomery is now in a minimum-security prison in Montgomery, Ala., and works as a landscaper. But he said he has had some tough moments since being locked up, including having to beat up a pedophile cellmate in a New York prison because otherwise "the other inmates would have thought I was soft."





Today's Daily Word - Sunday, November 29, 2009

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Hope


My faith in God fills me with hope and confidence.


Gazing at the night sky, I perceive the shining stars as symbols of God's all-encompassing presence. Such natural beauty fills me with wonder and faith. At such times I say, "Thank You, God, for this beautiful expression of Your provision."


I affirm my faith through all of life's joys and challenges. If I experience anything less than vitality and strength, I focus my attention on God's constant life-giving presence in nature and in me. I am continuously renewed in mind, body and spirit by divine life and energy.


My faith is strengthened and my hope is renewed through my conscious awareness of God expressing in and around me.


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Scenes from Xpression Thurdays

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Scenes from Street Vybz Thrusdays

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Today's Daily Word - Saturday, November 28, 2009

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Joy


My soul sings a song of joy.


Many different activities connect me to the joy that is deep within me. Being enveloped by the silence of a snowfall may fill me with quiet joy. Listening to a choir or joining in the singing of my favorite songs may lift my spirits.


The simple touch of a loved one's hand or the gentle support of a caregiver may lighten my heart. Lighting a candle, saying a prayer and blessing a meal can all be sources of joy in my day.


Whatever the activity, I realize joy when my mind is fixed on finding Spirit within each of my experiences. True and lasting joy comes from within--from God, the Source of every joy.


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Scenes from KLAS School Tour

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PM Lists Gaza/Gully Among Bad Influences on Society

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Prime Minister the Hon. Bruce Golding has listed the current gaza/gully conflict among the negative influences destroying Jamaicans' self-confidence.


"We as a society must unite around some basic principles, some agreement as to what is right and wrong, good and bad; what will uplift and what will destroy. The gully/gaza conflict is just one example of the negative influences that destabilise us as a people and destroy our confidence in ourselves," the Prime Minister said.


Mr. Golding, who was speaking at the Jamaica Labour Party's (JLP) annual conference at the National Arena on Sunday, said that the problem of crime is not just a result of economic difficulties, but was also a product of social disorientation.


He assured Jamaicans, however, that the security forces are intensifying their operational strategies to combat crime and violence.


"The Government is providing all the support it can for the security forces, within the limits of the available resources," he said.


He assured that the work to transform the police force, to root out corruption from within its ranks and to strengthen the dedicated policemen and policewomen who work hard and risk their lives for the public, will continue.


He said that efforts were also being made to build trust among the communities and the police, so that they can become vital partners in the fight against crime.





Muta de pon TV

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Bwoy wi teck in Muta di odda night a talk bout water and wi get di feeling if a sey all di obsess wi a get bout dis spring water ting, it not as clean as we surmise. Still wi find it interesting, him talk to all kind a expert and tings. But dat woan be di ongle ting him a talk bout. Him a guh even deeper inna di water issues cause him a explore why people fraid fi drink pipe water, and why dem tink sey dem caan boil it and drink. Di programme deh pon CVM and it name Simply Muta, it a come every Monday 9:30. According to him him gwine be talking u