December 2009 Archives

Lisa Hype do your thing

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By Rootzgirl


Now there I was reading this press release from the Teacha Vybz Kartel and it says that Lisa is no longer with the Portmore Empire and all these things. It’s like her behavior is not conducive with goals of the team, and it’s better they part ways.


Now, come on this big thing about it, making the news item and all that, people hire and fire managers everyday, some walked out on those who have been grooming them since before nobody knew their names and we don’t hear a lot about it.


So what’s different with this one, Lisa thanks to the porno photos in the paper managed to make a name for herself, she should now put her mistakes behind her and take up the music mantle and go on to putting her talent to the right use – making good music.


Vybz stepped away from the Alliance camp and created his own ‘empire’ now Lisa can do the same, many are making it look as if it’s the end of her musical life now. No, talent can get you anywhere if you have the right drive to go with it.





Look out fi Onstage

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Bwoy wi get a heads up fi Onstage pon wi Facebook and fi tell di truth wi haffi watch it Saturday. And if by chance unno miss it, wi a meck sure wi teck notes dat wi can fill unno in.


Yeah man, Lisa Hype a guh deh pon deh a talk up di tings dem. Di alert sey is a no hold barred interview whey she a guh talk bout what really happened between her and the empire, Sting, the picture and her career. Fi real it should be interesting, cause everybody want to know whey really did guh dung. On a different note Nuffy a guh deh pond eh tuh and inna it him sey Spice a coward. Fi real a nuff mix up a guh gwaan Saturday.





Glad Flippa alright

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Bwoy wi glad sey Flippa Mafia alright cause it could be worse. Yeah man him crash him vehicle pon Hagley Park Road inna di week. According to whey wi hear him did a drive him Porsche Cayenne when the vehicle reportedly got out of control and hit into a wall.


The deejay, who gave a well-received performance at the Boxing Day gala, Sting, was taken to the hospital, but was later discharged.


Well all well that ends well.





Ninja salt sah

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What a ting dough eeh, likkle most Ninja coulda meck it a Sting, but di judge whey did fi hear him case did inna di AA plane whey guh dung. Di odda judge sey him nah teck on dat deh case deh cause a nuh fi him. But wi a wonda if him eva guh si di light a day.. It look sticky fi true.





Bolt is NY magazine's 'Person of the Year'

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Usain Bolt was name ‘Person of the Year’ by United States-based Caribbean publication Everybody's.


Bolt, 23, superbly sustained his label in 2009 as the world's premier sprinter with awesome world record times in the 100 and 200 metres at the IAAF World Championship in Germany four months ago.


"People around the globe, who follow major sporting events, most likely will consider our choice a no-brainer," said the Brooklyn-based Everybody's Magazine, the oldest Caribbean magazine in the US, whose publisher is Grenadian Herman Hall.


"No other athlete in 2009, or, for that matter the last decade, impacted the world as Usain Bolt," it added.


"Perhaps, the closest is Tiger Woods, who had a remarkable year after major knee surgery in 2008."


The magazine said Bolt's record breaking times in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games when he ran the 100 metres in 9.69 seconds and the 200 in 19.30 seconds, are "still unbelievable".


"And, by shattering his own world records at the IAAF World Championships in Berlin, Germany in August this year in times of 9.58 seconds and 19.19 seconds, respectively, for the 100 and 200, Usain Bolt proved that he is out of this world," it said.


The magazine also said Bolt has done much off the track to further enhance his image as "an athlete with a conscience," adding that "he is helping Jamaica, the rest of the Caribbean and the world in benevolent causes".





Today's Daily Word - Thursday, December 31, 2009

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Happiness


With God's love in my heart, I fully experience the happiness of life.


Happiness is a state of heart and mind. It is mine to choose. When I rise each morning, I think positively. I begin my day with a smile on my face and a song in my heart that says "Thank You, God, for another perfect day."


I spread happiness in my interactions with others. Through a simple smile and a cheerful outlook, I lift the spirits of family and friends. I look on the light side of life, realizing that goodness and love can be found every moment of every day.


My heart and mind are open to the inspiration of God as the source of my love and enthusiasm for life. I live the peace and happiness God created me to experience.


Happy are those who live in your house, ever singing your praise.--Psalm 84:4





Spice minces Lisa hype and MC Nuffy

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Dancehall artiste, Spice has come out with all lyrical guns blazing at both the former Portmore Empire artiste, Lisa Hype and MC Nuffy following this week’s Sting concert, Jamworld, Portmore.


Lisa Hype who released a song entitled, Sting Aftermath, immediately following Sting, hurled insults at several female dancehall artistes, predominantly Spice. Spice says:


“Lisa Hype, I mean Lisa Swipe is in no position to utter the words she did from her mouth, but I honestly feel very sorry for her. She’s going through a shameful time in her life right now and is obviously looking for a dark hole to stick her head in. Lisa Swipe is calling names to keep her name out there; but my name? She ah play wid fire. She know say she nuh bad like mi likkle fingah. Di time she tek ah pick pon di female artiste dem, she need fi go clean off di discharge offah har stomach. She ah gwaan like ah me tek har pictuh an sen’ it out. And it’s such a pity. Outta every female artiste name whe she call, she ah di crawniest one. She feavah Geico lizard. I’ve been in the business for 10 years and I’ve never stooped so low, just to get highlighted. But Lisa doesn’t know when to stop stooping and get up off her knees. It’s tragic. Let me not bother to go there because she is not in my world. Lisa, as a woman-to-woman, I have never been as humiliated as you are in my life, so I have no idea what you are going through. I can only imagine. So I wish you a speedy recovery,” said Spice.


In addition, Spice also spoke of her inability to perform at Sting. “Nuffy sabotaged my thing. After Pamputae performed, he knew it should have been me, but he called up General B instead. When did he expect me to perform after that? During the clash with him and KipRich. It was unprofessional and it was done purposely because before that he was following the lineup and list. I just want to apologise to my fans for not performing. I didn’t get the chance to and I had a real end of year performance in store.”





Scences from Sherlock all white boat ride

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Scenes from Uptown Mondays

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Transport operators not contented with increase

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TAXI and bus operators have expressed disappointment at the 20 per cent fare hike they have been granted, saying that it will not be enough to cover their operating costs even though the rate is 2.5 percentage points more than that recommended by the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR).


The gist of it is that they are planning on writing OUR to apply for a further increase. Now in light of the fact that the poor are dealing with this further setback in their finances, if they get another one from the OUR then the people should rise up and put pressure to dismantle the current team from the OUR body.


It’s time the people realize their own power and stop taking everything that’s shoved down our throats. If the government continues to pressure us like this then the revolution and unrest that anylysts are predicting for the coming year will surely come to pass.


It’s time to give us a break now…the poor can’t take no more!





More increase for commuters

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It was only a matter of time before the Jamaican poor started feeling it. The government claimed to have given an ‘alternative’ tax package, but if you ask us nothing has changed. Come January 16 commuters will have to dig a little deeper in their pockets for bus and taxi fares. For those who have to take about three vehicles before they reach their destination it will be three times as hard.


The Ministry of Transport issued a release giving the thumbs up to the increase on Tuesday afternoon.


However, the Ministry also announced that this will be the last increase granted for the next two years.


Transport Minister, Mike Henry says this in keeping with the two year wage freeze recently announced in respect of the public sector work-force.


The hike in fares follows the recent recommendation by the Office of Utilities Regulations (OUR) for an 18% increase.


An additional two percent was added in recognition of the soon-to-be-effected surcharge on fuel sales.


The three official umbrella taxi associations, the National Council of Taxi Associations, the National Association of Taxi Operators and the Route Taxi Association of Jamaica had originally requested a 30%t adjustment.


In the meantime, in relation to the state-owned Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) services, the company's application for a rate increase and the applicable OUR recommendation will be examined by the Cabinet early in the New Year, with a decision to be announced thereafter.







Portmore Empire Leader Vybz Kartel has officially announced that the Portmore Empire is parting ways with Dancehall deejay Lisa Hype. Kartel issues the following statement:


Lisa Hype is no longer a part of the Portmore Empire. The members of the Empire have unanimously agreed to end our professional relationship especially in light of certain 'developments' that have come to our attention regarding her overall conduct, conduct that is not consistent with the decorum expected of a member of the Portmore Empire. She is an incredible artist and we wish for her all the best in her future endeavors, but Lisa Hype will not play a future role in the Empire as she no longer fits in with our organizational goals as we move forward in 2010.


--Adidja "Vybz Kartel" Palmer--





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

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Let Go, Let God


I let go and let God lead the way.


Winter sports offer an opportunity for fun and adventure. They also illustrate how one might face life's challenges. Observe a group of beginning skiers and their expressions as they ride the lift up the slope. Some may look apprehensive, others excited. Some may be fearful, anticipating a fall. Others are joyous and free, ready to face the slope with confidence.


Which of these two groups of skiers best describes me at this moment? Do I anticipate what might go wrong, or do I greet each situation with expectation of good? Do I let go and let God? On this day, I let go of any fear that may be holding me back. I let go, let God and enjoy the adventure!


You have made me stride freely, and my feet do not slip.--2 Samuel 22:37





LA Lewis, we have the tape!

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So all now LA Lewis still in hiding.? A wha really a gwaan with the graffiti deejay. We did tink seh LA have more guts than that. After all, him a big big seven star general and all these things, so him better come face di music, cause him cyan she a lie bout the boo dem whe him get a Raga show. Because, LA, we gots the tape … live and direct. So LA, you betta come talk up di tings dem.





Three the hard way boos at Sting

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What is it that Rev Al Miller, Merciless and Lisa Hype have in common? All three of them get boo at Sting. Now, we haffi address the Rev Miler Sting ting, because from the minute him come pon stage people did a wonder what him doing at Sting. Sorry Rev, but Sting is not your show. And if you feel say you haffi did eh, then you must come during the very early juggling, because a mostly demon deh a Sting and dem deh people deh don’t business bout nutten you haffi tell dem So, that’s why you get boo, Sir. Don’t mek Missa Laing trick you and tell you netten else. As to Leonard Bartley, we feel seh a di costume di people dem neva like mek dem boo you, cause since you and Kartel a friend, we know seh him nah carry people come fi boo you. Well Lisa Hype get the biggest forward fi night and the she go talk up some foolishness, and get her boo dem. But it neva last long and Lisa bring tings back pon a level. But a nuff artiste get boo and come back “stronger”.





Good performances at Pepsi Teen Splash

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The artistes put up a good showing at the recently held Teensplash which took place on Boxing Day at James Bond Beach in St Mary.


When Yardflex reach the venue, singing group One Third did a buss di place with some tough love songs, fi real they had the crowd mellow.
Apachie Chief and Sarge wreck the place with some funny jokes, bwoy wi couldn't keep a straight face after dem draw di Buju joke.
"Hello Buju, how you find youself inna dis ya position?


'Buju' reply: Bwoy yuh waan si mi tell di driver doan stop at all and him stop and di feds dem hold mi!"


Of course their impersonation of Vybz and Mavado sell off, they almost managed to steal the show with it.


Baby Tash, Stacious, Jah Vinci and Black Ryna held their own.
Other shiners for the night were Lady Saw who did a mean set, Mr Vegas made the connection with some tough tunes and Mavado and Kartel had the women huddling closer to the stage stretching out their hands to be touched, then of course Beenie Man who closed the show.


He was a first class act and he had the crowd going wild.





No more Sunday racing

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Bwoy it seems as if the church people have dem way sah. The Sunday racing which started off with high hopes has been squashed. The plug has been pulled on it.


According to CTL executive Chris Armond, his organisation had axed its plans to stage several Sunday race days in 2010 because government had failed to pass relevant legislation allowing for the opening of Off Track Betting (OTB) parlours on Sundays.
"Unless we can solve our off track situation, we're not going to have any (Sunday) racing in 2010," Armond said.


Sales from OTB's account for close to 70 per cent of all CTL's revenue from punters and bettors.


"Until we're able to sort out the situation with regards to our Off Track Betting parlours being open on a Sunday, it's not feasible to go ahead with Sunday racing," Armond was quoted as saying in a Jamaica Observer article.


Well guess the Advetists will have to pray a whole lot harder to see gambling on their Sabbath stop now.





Today's Daily Word - Friday, December 29, 2009

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Integrity



I am centered in the integrity of Spirit.


I dedicate myself to do what I know to be right and good for all concerned. Standing centered in the integrity of Spirit, I express respect and honesty in my thoughts, words and actions. My intention to live a life of integrity goes before me, making straight my way. I go about my day and my life with Spirit as my moral compass, achieving my goals to the best of my ability.


Integrity clothes itself in many garments. It is called honesty, honor, virtue and knowing oneness with God. When I consistently light my candle of integrity, I extinguish the negativity and fear in my world. With each reliable, truthful choice, I am a blessing. I bring light into the world by living from the integrity of my Christ-center.


He walked with me in integrity and uprightness, and he turned many from iniquity.--Malachi 2:6





Scences from Foreigners Ball

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Supreme pop dung at Sting

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After its staging at Jamworld on Boxing Day, Supreme Promoters, producers of Sting, can no longer claim the title “Greatest one-night show on earth”. There was nothing great about Sting; it was pop dung from start to finish ... and then some.


The promoters were riding on the peace bandwagon, but at no point was there any mention of the peace pact, and worse, former rival deejays Vybz Kartel and Mavado did not appear on stage together to perform even one song. As for the star attraction – headliners Goofy and LA Lewis --- they were not seen or heard from and no explanation was given for their absence.


Instead of entertainment, patrons were fed a steady diet of upcoming acts who had no business on the Sting stage, not even during early juggling, much more at 4:00 am prime time. This was clearly an act of disrespect for patrons who spent their hard-earned recession dollars in the hope of getting some kind of enjoyment.


Persons were led to believe that Stacious -- with whom the notorious Lisa Hype has a furious lyrical fued – would have performed, but although she was inside the venue, she never made it on stage. As for Spice, it’s possible that some of her fans are still at Jamworld waiting to see her performance, because she was ready and waiting in the wings for her time to shine, but as the sun shone brighter, all hope of Spice performing slowly faded.


Sting was just one long weary night that turned into an even wearier morning. The energy of the patrons was so sapped, that by the time two gun shots rang out sometime after seven Sunday morning, the crowd could hardly react to this well-known Sting signal that “the party is about to begin”. They didn’t even bother to pick up their feet in their hands and do their usual 20 laps around Jamworld, pushing and shoving and screaming, while the emcee begs until he’s hoarse for the restoration of calm and order. In fact, many persons didn’t even flinch.


The few acts, who did well (out of the 120 advertised) included Twins of Twins, whose biting, informed commentary was so on point and witty that they should have been given no less than one hour during prime time; Chino, who has two big tunes this year, Never Change and Woman Pon Your Head and really gave fans their money’s worth; Chuck Fender, now known as the Living Fire and I-Octane, who got a good reception but spent too much time cussing off the media.


The clash between Kip Rich and General B injected some energy into the event, but it was a given that General B would have met his lyrical death ... yet again. Merciless, Bounty Killer, Mavado, Vybz Kartel and Lisa Hype were all entertaining to varying degrees.


Note to Mr Laing: Red Bull cans filled with dirt make excellent missiles.





The Year in Review

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As the days in 2009 comes to a close, we can’t help but think of some of the news that rocked our world throughout the months. Yardflex now take you back on a reflective journey on some of the news that made our headlines for the year.


January


Jamaica was stunned by the news that gospel singer Moses was found dead near the Hope River. It’s still not clear how he died, some think he might have been pushed while others are speculating suicide.
Reggae singer Gramps Morgan made his solo debut at Jazz and Blues Festival and from all accounts he put up a good showing.
The romance that was brewing with Tarrus and Etana fizzled out. Speaking of Tarrus, his father Jimmy Riley found himself in trouble with the law after punching his wife.


February


Singer Luciana received a proper beating from Freckles


The weekly newspaper Sunday Herald changed ownership with the new owners being a group of investors led by the Rev Garnet Roper.


DJ Spice got engaged, but doesn’t seem ready to walk down the aisle, lets see what 2010 will bring.


Still on the music, Gyptian fired yet another manager…we never really found out what his grouse was.


March


Luciana was back in the news, this time he faced the charge or harbouring a criminal. And we don’t have to remind you about the drama that took place at his house involving shootout with the police and all that.


It was the end of an era for Radio Jamaica when they ceased operations of its RJR AM service.


Kirk Headley was found dead, the 31 year old international model’s lifeless body was found at the upscale Paddington Terrace residence of his parents in Kingston, Jamaica. He was found hanging outside the house.


Barcode promoter Ibrahim Konteh, was shot and injured in the Windward Road area of Kingston.


Past Digicel Rising Star contestant Laden found himself on the wrong end of the law when he was arrested by the Junction police for disorderly conduct and using indecent language. We hope this will be a lesson to him.


Vybz Kartel flop Freddie McGregor show big time by not showing up for it after Freddie acted on his suggestion to include Dancehall on the bill. Whew!


June


The biggest shocker of all pop king Michael Jackson died under questionable circumstances. The world has still not recovered from the loss…doubt if his fans ever will.


One Third called it quits with their manager Ray Alexander


July


The widow of Alexander Bustamante passed on


Kentucky Kid woes with the police started … such a sad ending to the saga, wonder what would have happened had the powers that be taken a little more interest in his plight. Guess we’ll never know now.


Selector Richie Feelings was hurt after a brawl at the weekly session on Constant Spring Road, Uptown Mondays.


August


The US government made the request for Dudus to be extradited.


The Jamaican athletes exploded on the Berlin stage, Usain Bolt broke his records, we copped a record number of medals and even now we are bursting with pride.


September


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


Trilla U lost his daughter under tragic circumstances and six days later he was baptized. We pray for continued strength for him as he deals with the loss.


Selector Foota Hype was arrested by the Constant Spring Police regarding the beating of a Cassava Piece resident.


The music industry lost another stalwart when Steelie of Steelie and Clevie fame passed.


October


Kartel launches Street Vibes Rum
Prodigal Son’s wife launches book From Brokenness to Victory


Dancehall artiste Blak Ryno spent a night in jail for an alleged attack on his neighbour at his Winchester Estate apartment. Bounty Turned back from performing in Trinidad.


November


Oprah announces the curtains will come down on her show in 2011…Imagine one whole year away and a lot of people are already bemoaning the fact.


Munga Honourebel get a mention in the news but not about music. He was involved in a squabble with the police after riding an unlicensed bike and not wearing any protective gear it is alleged that when the police accosted him not only resisted but told them indecent language.


Sean Paul takes Soul Train award for Reggae


December


American Airline crash landed – thanks heavens there were no fatalities.


Buju Arrested on drug charge…the saga continues on this one.





St. Catherine Police release most wanted list

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The St. Catherine North Police have released the names of 10 men who have been fingered in several crimes including murder in the division. At the top of the list is a man known only as "Negus" or "Handsome" of a Waterloo Villa district in Spanish Town in St. Catherine.


He is wanted for the murder of two persons who were killed in June 2006.


Negus is said to be one of the architects behind last December's flare up of violence in the Tredegar Park and Gravel Heights communities.


Next on the list is Nordeen Andre Bryan otherwise called "Blackman" or "Blacks" of Jones Avenue in St. Catherine.


He is one of the suspects in the murder of former Jamaica Urban Transit Company Chairman, Douglas Chambers in June 2006.


The police are also searching for suspected cop killer, Avion Bailey also known as "Caveman" of Jones Avenue and St. John's Road in Spanish Town.


Bailey is of dark complexion, slim build and about 5 feet 7inches tall.


He is wanted for the murder of Corporal Lincoln Parker in De la Vega City on October 17, 2006.


Also wanted for murder and several shootings committed in the Linstead and Homestead areas is Andrew Hamilton otherwise called "Dibby" or "Da da".


Kevin Nicholas Blake otherwise called "Alcapone" is also wanted for shootings committed in the Lovelane area of Spanish Town.


Gladstone Robinson otherwise called "Jim Tree", Rolando Hall otherwise called "Jermaine" or "Ghetto" and Barrington Bernard otherwise called "Pig" are all wanted for murders.


Also wanted for questioning in connection with murders committed in Spanish Town are men known only as "Larry dog" and "Leo".





Sanchez returns with his newest album Now and Forever

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Sanchez is back! He does it with style with his newest album entitled Now and Forever which features 15 new tracks, produced by Donovan Germain of Penthouse Recordings. This is by far Sanchez’s best work to date. Along with delivering the sound that he is known for, the majority of this album contains original songs from Sanchez.


The first single from the album is “Longing To Come Home” on the Protect & Serve riddim, it is currently climbing the US world & reggae charts. “Won’t Surrender” touches on the controversial subject matter of infidelity and what an untrusting companion goes through in this situation. On the song “What Do I Have To Say,” Sanchez is trying to capture the attention of a woman that he is attracted to. “Release the Property” is about the elusive quality that the one you’re pursuing possesses. Sanchez goes on to explain the elements that draws him to a woman. The songs “Who Am I Without You,” “Extraordinary” and the title track ‘Now and Forever’ displays the loving and sensitivity that proves why Sanchez is one of the most beloved Lovers Rock Singers in Reggae Music.


Born Kevin Anthony Jackson, Sanchez grew up in the Stony Hill and Waterhouse sections of Kingston, Jamaica. Like many of the island's vocal legends, his first singing experience was in church; specifically St. Catherine parish's Rehobth Epostlic Church. Sanchez is a Reggae legend and is known for remaking various hit songs. His gift for crooning romantic lyrics over hard edged dancehall riddims has earned him numerous hits throughout his career. Spanning over two decades, 15 plus albums and legions fans; the veteran recording artist and consummate performer is back.





Protect it or lose it!

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See we have been preaching for a long time about protecting the music and ensuring we maintain the high standards. Well since all the almshouse has been taking place, the writing was always on the wall for it to affect the music and the artistes themselves.


Check out Howard Campbell’s story in the Sunday Gleaner on what is happening now in the biz. It makes for real interesting reading.


Locked out - Jamaican acts finding it more and more difficult to get into some countries


The lengthening rap sheets of some Jamaican artistes may prevent them from touring countries including the United States and most of Europe.


Music industry analyst Clyde McKenzie, who helped fashion the careers of dancehall stars Beenie Man, Tanto Metro and Devonte, told a December 22 Editors' Forum at The Gleaner's North Street offices, that recent incidents involving dancehall acts in Europe and North America have hurt the genre's image.


Several Caribbean countries have also slammed their doors on Jamaican acts, including Vybz Kartel, Bounty Killa and Mavado.


Change in emphasis


"The business model for entertainment has changed dramatically and the emphasis is now on touring. That is the most lucrative segment on the value chain.


"But more and more doors are closing on our artistes, and that is a significant problem," McKenzie commented.


Dancehall acts have run afoul of the law in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom in the past four years.


Protests by gay-rights groups against Beenie Man, Buju Banton and Sizzla resulted in the cancellation of some of their shows, but this has failed to satisfy the homosexual community, which wants a full ban on the artistes.


Banton's run-ins with gay groups in the US this summer, and his arrest on cocaine charges in Miami on December 10, have complicated matters.


"The doors are being closed as far as immigration is concerned, whether it is the perception about violence or homophobia. You find that some Caribbean territories are refusing to have artistes from Jamaica on their soil," McKenzie said.


With record sales taking a dive due to the growing digital market, touring has become invaluable for Jamaican performers.


Those prospects were dealt a big blow recently in the US, which remains the most lucrative live-show market for many dancehall and traditional reggae acts.


In November, the United States citizens and immigration services announced stringent requirements for visa approval.


The new policy calls for artistes to present the duration and itinerary in order to be granted an 'O' (for solo artiste) or 'P' (for group) visa to tour the US.


Previously, performers applied for a work visa which, if granted, would cover the artiste for as long as three years.


According to Billboard magazine, British rapper 'Speech Debelle' did not meet the requirements of the new regime and was refused a visa to perform in the US in November.


Stay clear of controversy


McKenzie is concerned that the Economic Partnership Agreement, signed by the European Union and Caribbean countries in April 2008, may have similar implications if dancehall artistes do not stay clear of controversy.


Under the agreement, Cariforum states will have duty-free and quota-free access to all goods exported to the EU market, except for sugar, rice and bananas.


It also opens 94 per cent of the EU's services (including leisure) sector to the Caribbean.


"The Europeans are finding a number of reasons and setting up a number of different structures to prevent our artistes from going there," McKenzie said.


"So the days when a guy (artiste) had some immigration issues but a promoter had money to spend (to get them in the country), those days are gone because they (promoters) now have to be licensed."





Scences from Fresh Fridays

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Scenes from Street Vybz Thrusdays

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Scenes from Weddy Weddy

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Over 120 acts for Sting but no clash?

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It’s anybody’s guess what is really going to take place over JamWorld in Portmore tonight at Sting. A whopping 120 acts will showcase their talent … or lack thereof … on the Sting stage but many are wondering if there will be value for money.


Of course, there is the so-called clash between wannabe deejay, the graffiti don LA Lewis and the ‘fudgie’ with the limping career, Mr G (aka Goofy). Naturally, this one is gonna be unadulterated drama … theatre … slapstick comedy which has nothing at all to do with music. Truth be told, these two characters would have a better fit on Ragashanti’s Mix Up and Blenda Christmas Day show.


Naturally, this will play out during prime time, but after this, then what?


In the early stages, the organizers looked like they were promoting a clash between the Gaza and the Gully/Alliance, but when the peace treaty was ordered by the President and officially signed at West Kingston Jamboree, war seemed like a dismal prospect.


Laing and company had no choice but to jump on the peace bandwagon.


Then the man who “lend out him mercy and no get it back” started some rumblings. Merciless is desperate for a clash, but right now it doesn’t look as if there is anybody willing to clash with him.


Bounty, in a recent article, dismissed Merciless as the “Worse-forless” and said he had no intention of clashing with him. Bounty, instead, would clash with Kartel, “if the people say so”, but Kartel in a recent statement noted that all those who are coming to Sting to see him clashing with Bounty Killer should stay home.


And since Kartel and Mavado are friends, then that clash won’t materialize either.


So who’s really going to clash at Sting. Perhaps Stacious and Lisa Hye?





Merry Christmas from Yardflex

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To all our readers and supporters have a merry Christmas. We wish continued success for you all the year round in 2010 and beyond. May your dreams be realized and may it be a blessed year for you. In all you do remember one very important thing that Jesus is the real reason for the season.





Christmas over the world

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Today, we celebrate the birth of Christ. Yardflex would like to give you a taste of Christmas celebration over the world.


Jamaica


In Jamaica we know it’s all about church service, sorrel, rice and peas, family dinners and the works. Following an exciting night of Grand Market, it’s now time to settle down to having our special time with family and friends.
China, Hong Kong and Macau


In Mainland China, December 25 is not a legal holiday. The small percentage of Chinese citizens who consider themselves Christians unofficially, and usually privately, observe Christmas. Many other individuals celebrate Christmas-like festivities even though they do not consider themselves Christians. Many customs, including sending cards, exchanging gifts, and hanging stockings are very similar to Western celebrations.


Korea


South Korea recognizes Christmas as a national holiday. Christian and non-Christian Koreans engage in some holiday customs such as gift-giving, sending Christmas cards, and setting up decorated trees in their homes; children, especially, appear to have embraced Santa Claus, whom they call Santa Halabuji (Grandfather Santa) in Korean, Local radio stations play holiday music on Christmas Day and a few days before, while television stations are known to air Christmas films and cartoon specials popular in the Western countries. In addition, increasing numbers of stores and buildings are displaying Christmas decorations.


India


Being a British colony till 1947, many British traditions stayed on in India. Christmas is a state holiday in India, though only 2.3% of the population is actually Christian. Sincere devotees attend the church services. In many of the schools that are run by the Christian missionaries, the children actively participate in the programmes.


Israel and the Palestinian Territories


Israel is mainly a Jewish state, but with strong emphasis on religious freedom; thus, Jewish Israelis do not celebrate Christmas. The celebration of Hanukkah falls at approximately the same time, but it has not undergone the same osmosis of Christmas-like practices (such as exchange of gifts) that the holiday has in the United States. Israeli Arabs are chiefly Muslim, and thus do not celebrate Christmas, either, but there is a minority of Christian Israeli Arabs who do celebrate Christmas. Given the diversity of denominations among Christian Israeli Arabs, some celebrate with the Western Churches on the Gregorian 25 December, and others with the Eastern Churches on the Gregorian 7 January (Julian 25 December).
Japan


Encouraged by the commercial sector, the secular celebration of Christmas is popular in Japan, though Christmas is not a national holiday. A unique feature of Christmas in Japan is the Japanese type of Christmas cake, often a white whipped cream cake with strawberries.


Labanon


Christmas is a state holiday in Lebanon. Most Lebanese Muslims celebrate Christmas with Christian friends. A poll showed that around two thirds of the population celebrate Christmas, while only 45% of the population is Christian. Commercialization and open markets are bringing a more secular celebration of Christmas to the public. Churches are open all night for praying and people go to visit friends and families, often to villages in the mountains. Christmas concerts are popular, not to forget to mention the wide popularity of both local and western Christmas Carols. Prayers and carols start to be said and sung around mid-December and continue till the New Year's Eve.


Pakistan


Christians are the second largest religious minority community in Pakistan after Hindus. The total number of Christians in Pakistan is approximately 2,800,000 in 2008, or 1.6% of the population. Of these, approximately half are Roman Catholic and half Protestant.


In Pakistan, Christmas Day is celebrated by Pakistan Christians as Big Day, or Great Day. The day is a public holiday, but it is in memory of Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan.. Pakistani Christians celebrates Christmas by singing carol and go from house to house and in return the family offers something to the choir. Mostly the money collected from such carols is used for charity works or is given to the church.


Malaysia


Christmas is a public holiday in Malaysia, however, much of the public celebration is commercial in nature and has no overt religious overtones. Occasionally, Christian activist groups do buy newspaper advertorials on Christmas or Easter but this is largely only allowed in English newspapers and permission is not given every year. The advertorials themselves are usually indirect statements.


Singapore


In Singapore, Christmas is a public holiday celebrated by almost everyone (Christian or otherwise). Typically it is also the boom time for retailers as Christmas season is also the time most people get their year-end bonuses.


Taiwan


Christmas tree on the Taipei 101 building in Taipei.


In Taiwan, Christmas is not officially celebrated or legally recognized. However, coincidentally, December 25 is the date of the signing of the Constitution of the Republic of China in 1947, officially the Constitution Day


United States and Canada


Christmas is a widely celebrated holiday in the United States and Canada. Christmas traditions are essentially the same as most of Europe, except in Quebec and other French speaking areas, with its réveillon and the Père Noël ("Father Christmas" in French). The Celebration of Boxing Day on the day after Christmas Day is a tradition practiced in Canada, as it is in the Commonwealth. While 15% of Americans affiliate as non-religious, predominantly of Christian heritage.





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The police force is on a clean up mission. Check out this latest report.


SEVEN more members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force have been booted for breaching the Force's regulations.


The reports on the cops, who are all constables, were carried in this week's Force Orders.


Among those dismissed are a woman constable, five regular male constables and a special constable.


One of the cops, who was assigned to the Motorised Patrol Division, was dismissed in November after he discharged his service pistol at a stage show at the James Bond Beach in July 2004.


The policewoman from St Andrew Central was sacked in August after she disobeyed an order from her senior officer to provide security to a councillor who had been shot and hospitalised.


A policeman from the St Thomas Police Division was dismissed effective August after he was observed acting in a manner which aroused his colleagues' suspicion at the Norman Manley International Airport.


He reportedly attempted to flee the scene when challenged by his colleagues.


Another, who was assigned to the Area One Headquarters, was implicated in a rape case and was dismissed in August, while one was sent home after he failed to obey an order from his senior officer to deal with a dispute in Morant Bay, St Thomas. He was assigned to the St Andrew South Division and was sent home on Tuesday.


Another policeman-- who was assigned to the Hanover Division -- was dismissed on December 4 for being disrespectful to his senior officers and failing to obey their instructions.


The JCF also said that another cop will be booted in February after he lost two cartridges from his service revolver.


Last week, 10 cops were sent home for disciplinary breaches.


Since the start of this year, more than 150 cops have been arrested and charged for breaches of the Anti-Corruption Act as the police high command moves to rid the force of corrupt members.







Singer's rep says she didn't hit husband, but was trying to stop fight between him and her brother


*The NY Daily News has spoken to Mary J. Blige's publicist and contrary to reports that the singer decked her husband, Kendu Isaacs, at a promotional event for her new CD, Karynne Tencer told the paper that Blige was trying to stop a brawl between Isaacs and her brother.


"Mary was not fighting with her husband," said Tencer. "Her husband and her brother got into an altercation that turned into a fight. Mary went to break up the fight."


But Tencer claims she doesn't know the name of Blige's brother or the reason for the row at the M2 Ultralounge.


Club security helped the Grammy Award winner pull the men apart, who also disputed reports that Isaacs' lip was bleeding.


"Nobody was bleeding," Tencer said.


Blige's camp also denied the singer screamed 'What are you gonna do, Chris Brown me?' at her husband.


"She never mentioned Chris Brown," Tencer said. "Mary and Kendu went home together."


The Daily News also reported that after sources claimed the no more drama singe had smacked Isaacs because he was supposedly flirting with a waitress, she decided to set the record straight.


However, it is interesting that Blige herself hasn't spoken directly herself to the media to refute the allegations.


Earlier we reported ...


Both the New York Daily News and the New York Post have reported that Mary J. Blige hauled off and socked her husband Kendu Isaacs in front of guests at her album release party Tuesday night after accusing him of flirting with a woman.


The reported punch in the face – which drew blood, according to the Post – went down at New York's M2 after Blige allegedly saw Kendu checking out one of the waitresses.


"[Blige] turned to him and was screaming, 'You're not going to ruin my night,'" a witness told the Post. "They got up in each other's faces before someone tried to separate them, at which point she shoved the guy aside, pulled back and popped [Isaacs] in the face."


The source said Blige, Isaacs and their entourage were whisked through a door to the attached club Pink, which was closed. The witness continued, "She was yelling at him, 'What are you gonna do, Chris Brown me?' Four of her bodyguards and two of the club's kept them apart.."


Isaacs, according to the Post, was tossed out of the venue, while Blige went to the ladies room to fix her hair and makeup. But she bounced soon after, leaving partygoers Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Busta Rhymes and others behind, according to the papers.


When asked to confirm the reports, Blige's rep, Karynne Tencer, told the Post, "People lie and don't know what they're talking about." When the Daily News asked for a comment, she referred to the incident as a "misunderstanding" and said Blige's marriage is as strong as ever.


"They're as happy as can be," said Tencer. "They're spending the holidays together with their three children. Everything's great."





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

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Christmas Day



The Christ is reborn in me today.


As I celebrate the birth of Jesus today, I give thanks for His life, example and teachings. He expressed the full potential of the Christ, leading the way for me to follow, telling me I can do the things He did. The divinity in Jesus is also the seed of potential in me. On this day of rebirth and new beginnings, I acknowledge my birthright as a child of the Most High.


I give thanks for the journey to this place of opportunity and for those who have traveled with me--my teachers in many forms. All that I have experienced, the challenging and the sublime, has brought me to this moment of awareness that Christ in me is my hope of glory. The Christ is reborn in me today.


Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.--Luke 2:15





PM changes course

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Following the outcry from the Jamaican people, Prime Minister Bruce Golding announce a more poor people friendly tax package last night in a national broadcast.


In its place the following measures have now been implemented.


* There will no longer be any tax on ground provisions, fruits and meats


There will now be a hike in personal income tax rate from 25 per cent to 27.5 per cent on all income above the threshold for persons earning in excess of $5 million and 35 per cent for persons earning in excess of $10 million.


* an increase in motor vehicle licence fees for luxury vehicles with an engine capacity of 3000 cc and above by $4,000 per annum.


an additional tax rates ranging between 20 per cent and 25 per cent will be applied to certain luxury goods such as jewellery, television sets exceeding 32 inches, shotguns and shotgun cartridges, jet skis and pleasure boats


* The GCT increase will remain which moved from 16.5 to 17.5 %


In addition, fish, cornmeal, corned beef, pickled mackerel, herring, shad and dried salt fish, canned sardines, herrings and mackerel, bread, buns, bullas, biscuits and crackers, sugar, salt, eggs, patties, rolled oats and baking flour have also been taken off the tax base.


Other essential items such as cooking oil, syrup, fish, cock and noodle soups, corn, disposable diapers for the incontinent, sanitary towels and tampons and even children's picture books and painting books have also been removed.





Richie Stephens video shoot

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Now it’s Cobra and Merciless

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What the hell is happening, do we always have to be having a feud? Can’t the music survive without some artiste or the other being involved in some kind of bickering? Is it that these artistes have lost their creativity and the only way they can stay current is to build clash lyrics that their names can keep making the headlines and ringing on people’s lips?


It’s a sad day in dancehall music when we have so many clash lyrics and artistes throwing words at each other. The next on the list now is Merciless and Cobra who are engaged in a lyrics dissing game. Won’t even go there with the things they are saying, all we can say is that it’s time to rise above the foolishness and get back to the real business of making music. Nothing else interest us…seen.





Police probe drug racket at international airports

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The Narcotics Police are on Tuesday afternoon probing what they believe is a major drug network operating at the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA).


The probe was sparked by last week's arrest of four employees at the airport and the seizure of nearly one hundred pounds of ganja.


An Air Jamaica Customer Service agent and a Customer Service agent employed to Jamaica Dispatch Services Limited are among those charged.


The Narcotics Police reported that on December 14, a 16-year-old British girl was preparing to board a Virgin Atlantic flight to London when they intercepted two suitcases in her name.


The suitcases were each loaded with nearly 30 pounds of ganja.


The teen was taken into custody and questioned.


The cops then arrested three Customer Service Agents assigned to Jamaica Dispatch Services for questioning.


One of them, 21-year-old Crystal Marsh was subsequently charged.


The other two agents were released after their attorneys filed writs in court demanding their release.


The cops say the tags on the suitcases were generated by Ms Marsh's computer.


The cops say the suitcases were never checked in by the teen, but were already at the airport waiting on her to be placed on the flight.


Two other suitcases got through Norman Manley International, but were intercepted by the British police.


Ms Marsh and the British teen appeared in court Tuesday where Ms Marsh was offered bail in the sum of $500,000.


The investigators told the court that they are still conducting further investigations.


Ms Marsh and the British teen, who were remanded, are to return to court on January 22.


In the meantime, the Air Jamaica agent was arrested on Sunday after the cops seized 30 pounds of ganja in the possession of a woman who was about to board a flight at NMIA.


The woman was questioned and reportedly pointed the cops to the Air Jamaica agent.


The agent is expected to appear in court on Wednesday.





Jamaican skier qualifies for winter Olympics

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Some might say he's Usain Bolt on skis. Not surprisingly, though, when Errol Kerr tells people he's a member of the Jamaican Winter Olympic team, most pull out the bobsled one-liners.


"When people hear of a Jamaican skier, they expect dreads hanging out the back of my helmet and a smoke stream following me down the mountain," Kerr said. This is no joke, though.


Less than two years since Bolt brought world records and world renown to the island nation with his sprinting, Jamaica's latest winter star is hoping to put his country on the map in the new Olympic sport of skicross.


"It's more than just a country," Kerr said. "It's in my blood, in my DNA."


Born to an American mother and a Jamaican father, Kerr grew up a dual citizen between Lake Tahoe in California, where he moved with his mother as a child, and Westmoreland, Jamaica's westernmost parish.


He has felt most at home on the slopes since he was a kid watching a ski race on TV.


He rolls with the jokes, most of which inevitably draw comparisons to the Jamaica bobsled team, a fan favourite in the 1988 Winter Olympic Games in Calgary that inspired the comedy movie "Cool Runnings".


In fact, one of Kerr's sponsors is a beverage company called Cool Runnings.


"There's no running away from it," Kerr said of the bobsled team. "I embrace it. They laid the groundwork."


But while the bobsled team was initially a novelty, Kerr enters the Vancouver Olympics -- his first -- as a serious contender.


The hybrid style of skicross draws on Kerr's extensive background in Alpine skiing. It also makes good use of the rougher edge he picked up in motocross and BMX, and the 200-plus pounds (90-plus kilogrammes) he has to throw around, said American Jonny Moseley, an Olympic gold medallist who will be a TV commentator for the freestyle events -- moguls, aerials and skicross -- in Vancouver.


"Errol's got a good shot at the Olympics," Moseley said. "He's cut out for the sport."


Kerr's background helps in an event that is rowdier than Alpine ski racing, where one athlete races against the clock. In skicross, four competitors speed down a steep, winding course together, taking on banked turns, berms and each other along the way. The first one across the finish line wins.


"It's very pure, very simple that way," said Moseley. "But there's a lot of contact, a lot of strategy and jockeying."


To viewers, it is dynamic, and anyone who has raced friends down a mountain can relate to the scramble. Snowboardcross drew big crowds and good ratings when it made its Olympic debut at the 2006 Turin Games. Adding skicross will continue to draw younger athletes and fans, said Joseph Fitzgerald, the International Ski Federation's freestyle race director.


"You watch it on TV and it pops, there's so much activity," said Fitzgerald, speaking from San Candido, Italy, site of the skicross World Cup.


Kerr is taking nothing for granted. He spends his days training at Alpine Meadows, a resort at Lake Tahoe that has sponsored him, and in his mother's front yard, where he built a starting gate with the same specifications as the one in Vancouver and rigged up his own snowmaking machine.


His mother, Catherine Kerr, once a ski racer herself, stands behind the practice gate, counting down: "Racers ready... attention... "


She lets the gate fly. Errol Kerr springs out, strides. He plants his poles once, and crouches for the first tabletop jump, staying tight and close to the ground. Another stride, another jump. Then he circles back, and goes through it all again... and again... and again, shaving off the precious fractions of a second that could land him ahead of the pack in Vancouver.


Errol Kerr's late father never strapped on a pair of skis, Errol's mother said. It would have moved him to see how far his son has come, and to know that he is competing for the island, she said. Kerr said part of his dream was always to race for his father's country -- under the black, green and yellow flag of Jamaica.


"To be able to see Errol grab a hold of that and say, 'let's take it a step further, put Jamaica on the map of skiing', it's beautiful," she said. "He would just be so proud."






I don't do claps, I do prayers

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This morning a passenger was on TVJ's Morning Time talking about his experience on the American Airline flight.


according to him the plane touched down and passengers started clapping as they normally do, "but I don't do claps, I do prayers," he told Simon and Neville. He said while he was praying, he felt the plane jerked and then baggages started falling from the compartments above. he said one man who might not have been wearing his seatbelt fell on top of him.


When the plane stopped he took up his bag with his laptop and started running.


The flight attendant asked him where he was going and he said, "yuh nuh si mi a run, a whey yuh a ask mi sey?"


He said he made it outside and ran to the lighthouse then he remembered about a lady with a baby and his friends that needed help and turned back. He soon found out that they too were out.


He bemoaned the fact that the emergency team took too long to respond.


Yardflex is happy that no one was seriously hurt.







An American Airlines flight 331 from Miami with more than 150 aboard overshot a runway in Jamaica. Some 44 people were taken to nearby hospitals but American Airlines said only two were admitted to the hospital, and nobody suffered life-threatening injuries.


Some 44 people were taken to nearby hospitals with broken bones and back pains, Information Minister Daryl Vaz reported.
Four people were seriously injured, said Paul Hall, senior vice president of airport operations. But American Airlines said only two were admitted to the hospital and nobody suffered life-threatening injuries.


The plane’s fuselage was cracked, both engines broke off from the impact, and the left main landing gear collapsed, American Airline spokesman Tim Smith said. Most of the injuries were cuts and bruises, and none were life threatening, he said.


US federal investigators will analyze whether the plane should have been landing in such bad weather, Mr. Smith said, adding that other planes landed safely amid heavy rain.


Some passengers leaving the plane were seen with cuts on their faces or bloody lips. Some looked visibly shaken as they left the terminal wrapped in red blankets. Others ducked under umbrellas to escape the heavy downpour. Passenger Robert Mais told The Gleaner newspaper of Jamaica that he could hear the engine’s reverse throttle but that the plane didn’t seem to slow as it skittered down the runway.


He said he felt rain coming through the roof of the darkened jet after the impact and that baggage from the overhead compartments was scattered throughout the cabin. “Some (passengers) were shaken up badly,” he told the paper. The plane was about 10 to 15 feet (3 to 5 meters) from the Caribbean Sea at that point, and passengers walked along the beach to be picked up by a bus, Mais said.


The Boeing 737-800, which originated at Reagan National Airport in Washington, had taken off from Miami International Airport at 8:52 p.m. and arrived in Kingston at 10:22 p.m. It was carrying 148 passengers and a crew of six, American said. The majority of those aboard were Jamaicans coming home for Christmas, Vaz said.


“All of a sudden, when it hit the ground, the plane was kind of bouncing, someone said the plane was skidding and there was panic,” Passenger Pilar Abaurrea of Keene, New Hampshire, said in a telephone interview.


As the crew opened the emergency exits and people scrambled to get off, Abaurrea, and her husband, Gary Wehrwein, noticed a number of people with injuries, including one person who had a cut on his head from falling baggage.


Abaurrea said the flight was very turbulent, with the crew being forced to halt the beverage service three times before finally giving it up. Just before landing, the pilot warned of more turbulence but said it likely wouldn’t be much worse than what they had experienced so far, she said.


Smith said there are two “significant cracks” in the fuselage but it is intact, and both engines came off the plane. He said the engines are designed to separate from the wings during an accident as a safety measure.





Today's Daily Word - Tuesday, December 23, 2009

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Gift



Centered in God, I realize my life is a wonderful gift.


Each morning there is a gift on my pillow, waiting to be unwrapped. As soon as I open my eyes I see it--a bright new day has dawned. The best thing about this gift is that I get to make it whatever I choose.


I begin with gratitude, giving thanks for my life, my breath and the possibilities of a new beginning. I go about my activities with enthusiasm, noticing love and beauty and laughter. If a conflict arises, I bring what I choose to the situation. I add compassion, forgiveness and understanding.


Filled with gratitude for the joy of being alive, I conclude my day with prayer and meditation. I close my eyes and I am restored by a night of peaceful rest.


This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.--Psalm 118:24





Scenes from Uptown Mondays

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Yardflex Chirstmas Treat

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Name: Mystery
Age:27


Sign: Virgo


Born: St. Ann's Bay


Music.: R&B


Singer: Brian McKnight


Drink: Cosmos


Hobbies: Singing, Dancing, Socialing.





YardFlex Christmas Treat

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Name: Puffy


Age: 23


Sign: Libra


Location: St Mary


Hobbies: Modeling n Socializing


Fav Music: Reggae


Fav Singer: Kartel


Fav Drink: Red Stripe


Fav Feature in a man: A great smile, nice personality n street smart.


Ms Bikini Calender Model





Yardflex Chirstmas Treat

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Name: Symon Murry


Age:33


Sign: Cancer


Loacation: Mobay


Hobbies:Working out n Traveling


Interest: Technology n Creative Arts


Fav Music: Reggae


Fave Artist: Hah Cure n Gyptian


Fav Rum: Rum n Coke









Killer beating for Mumzell at Oaklands

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It was high drama on the grounds of the Oaklands complex on Constant Spring Road early this morning as popular deejay Rodney Pryce and dancehall debutante and promoter, Mumzell had a strong, physical altercation.


Allegations are that the deejay, better known as Bounty Killer and Mumzell have been involved in a relationship and it is speculated that “things have gone sour”.


According to one eyewitness report, “Mumzell come a di apartment fi mash up Bounty vehicle. And when she look a Killer dat to rhatid a come in like King Alarm.”


It is reported that a frightened Mumzell, with nowhere to run, had no choice but to brace for a Killer beating.


“Killer gi har some box and kick, she never know wha’ reach har,” the YardFlex source said, adding that Mumzell is “no walk over as she a girl who get off a murder charge couple years ago when a nex’ gal rush her and she stab her.”


Sources say that Mumzell, whose name had been linked to Junior ‘One Blood’ Reid, had dissed Bounty recently, but with two court cases already hanging over his head, the deejay had chosen to ignore it.


Mumzell is also the promoter of a weekly Thursday night dance in Southside, which Bounty is reuted to “buss out”.








Maybe next year she'll be ready to post up Shaq. Not yet, though. After all, Marvadene Anderson needs to grow another inch before she can see eye-to-eye with a 7-footer.


For now, she will have to settle for being the world's tallest teenage girl and a 6-11 sophomore on the Rutgers Prep basketball team in Somerset, N.J.


"Everyone has come up to me and asked if I play college basketball. I told them I'm only a sophomore in high school. They gasped when I told them," Anderson, 16, told the New York Post.


Her basketball potential earned the Jamaican native a scholarship to the New Jersey prep school. Back home, Anderson played netball — a Jamaican variation of basketball — so she has spent the past few months adjusting to the American game.


Anderson's coach at Rutgers Prep, Mary Coyle-Klinger, said: "Of course, she is going to be a star. She's a natural. She's only been playing two months, and it's amazing how well she's adapted."


And if you want to ask her how the weather is up there, Anderson probably wouldn't even frown. Her outgoing personality has resulted in the nickname of "Bubbles."


"People are friendly with me because of my height and my personality," she said. "If I was tall and mean, I think I'd have a problem."


And speaking of problems …


"The rudest thing anybody ever said about my height is that I'm not going to be able to find a husband."







Date: November 25, 2009


Subject: Attempted Murder Suspect in Cape Coral Shooting Apprehended in Lehigh Acres


A suspect wanted for attempted murder in Cape Coral was apprehended this morning by the Fugitive Warrants Unit with Lee County Sheriff’s Office. Rohan Kamali Stanbury (DOB: 12/01/1980) was arrested and charged with Attempted 2nd Degree Murder in connection to an incident that occurred in August.


At 9:16 p.m. on August 19, Cape Police responded to several calls about multiple gunshots fired from a vehicle in the 1200 block of SE 24th Avenue. Police found 11 shell casings scattered along a one-block area in the roadway near the residence at 1216 SE 24th Avenue, indicating that shots were fired from a moving vehicle.


According to witnesses, a light-colored sedan had been parked in front of the residence at 1216 SE 24th Avenue. One witness heard multiple gunshots and immediately fell to the floor to avoid being struck by a stray bullet. The witness heard a man yell and a car door slam. Another witness saw a white male leaning inside the sedan, and shortly thereafter heard gunshots being fired from the vehicle as it sped south on SE 24th Avenue. The witness said the white male who was leaning inside the vehicle earlier immediately yelled that he had been shot and needed to go to the hospital. The victim entered a black vehicle and was driven from the area.


Cape Coral Detective John Howes arrived at Cape Coral Hospital to interview the victim, who was being treated for a gunshot wound. A black vehicle was located in the hospital parking lot, and Cape Police found two locations where the car had been struck by gunfire.


According to the victim, he was at the Circle K at Del Prado Boulevard and Pine Island Road with four friends when he was approached by two black males in a gold-colored vehicle who wanted to purchase marijuana. The victim agreed to take them to a supplier who lived on SE 24th Avenue. After arriving at the residence, an argument ensued between the supplier and the passenger, later identified as Stanbury. Stanbury pulled out a handgun and began to fire repeatedly as they drove away. One of the rounds hit the victim in the abdomen.


The driver of the gold-colored vehicle drove Stanbury to 9705 Blue Stone Circle in Lehigh Acres and dropped him off. He immediately drove to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office and reported the incident. Cape Coral Detective Erica Cunningham responded to the location and interviewed the driver, who confirmed the details provided by the victim. He indicated that he had no inclination that Stanbury was carrying a gun.


As a result of his investigation, Det. Howes determined that probable cause existed to arrest Stanbury. However, Cape Police were unable to locate Stanbury, and a warrant was issued for his arrest.


At 5:15 a.m. today, the LCSO Fugitive Warrants Unit arrived at 9705 Blue Stone Circle in Lehigh. The unit conducted surveillance on the residence and observed Stanbury arrive in a crème-colored Kia. Stanbury was placed into custody and stated to deputies that his name was “Anthony” and not “Rohan.” A search of Stanbury was conducted, and a wallet containing identification with the names “Rohan” and “Anthony” were found. The deputies performed a check on Rohan Stanbury and found active arrest warrants out of Orange County and Brevard County. After running his name through Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the deputies discovered that Stanbury had an active Criminal Deportation Order and was to have returned to his home country of Jamaica in 2001. ICE officials advised that “Anthony” was listed as an alias used by Stanbury.


Cape Police were notified of Stanbury’s arrest this morning. He was transported to Lee County Jail for booking.


Arrested
Rohan Kamali Stanbury B/M


DOB: 12/01/1980


9705 Blue Stone Circle


Lehigh Acres, FL 33936


Charge: Attempted 2nd Degree Murder





STACIOUS ENRAGED

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People, the streets ah say Stacious is pissed how Lisa Hype go pon the Internet and ah talk up how Stacious fat and caan look like she and her belly big and a bagga tings. Lisa, yu nuh know say Stacious ah bad gal from Portmore, inna high school, ah nuff gal she beat who ah try step to her certain way, that's why dem call her Gangstress, mine how yu a trod because the Gangstress waan buck yu one away pon the road fi fix you business. Don't think say is just a stage show war. She just a cool because she a respect the Gully-Gaza peace but mine yu tek it too far.





BEENIE CRASHES ALICIA KEYS' PARTY

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How Beenie just get up and go crash Alicia Keys party so? Who him tink him is? The man turn up uninvited wid about 20 guests but the people dem almost never let him in. Ah somebody did haffi come beg fi him come in and ting and the man dem entourage wolf down the people dem food and gwaan wid a bagga tings inna the place. Wah Beenie feel like? And why him never carry Barbee? Dem nah deal again?





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

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Tranquility


I relax into the renewing peace and calm of God.


Just as I feel refreshed after a good night's sleep, I am rejuvenated during quiet times of reflection and communion with God. My time apart may be a quiet hour in a serene place or single moments focused on God in the midst of seeming chaos.


I turn inward to the place of peace that reveals God to me. I relax. With each moment of silence and with each calming breath, I am aware of the wholeness that I am. Cares slip away, and I am at peace.


In this season when winter nights grow longer and nature comes into its time of rest, I respond in kind. I relax into the renewing peace and calm of God. Tranquility is the blessing of my time apart, and I carry it with me through every moment of this day.


He said to them, "Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while."--Mark 6:31





Scenes from Wet Sundays

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Scenes from Passion Sundays

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Corruption in the force

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By Rootzgirl


Today I was reading the Star and it confirmed what we know all along that the number one reason we find it so hard to fight crime is because the people we are paying from our tax dollars are the very ones putting up the roadblock.


According to the story in the today's paper a policeman from St Catherine north has found himself in trouble with the law for allegedly leaking information to criminals in and around the division.


The lawman was taken into custody last Thursday following intensive investigations by detectives from the Flying Squad department.


The Star reports that the policeman's colleagues tapped his cellular phone and detected a series of conversations he had with members of the criminal underworld. In many of these conversations, he was heard relaying information as to when police would conduct spot checks, raids and other operational activities.


Investigators, having been satisfied with their probe, arrested the constable who up to press time yesterday, remained in the custody of the Spanish Town police.


Now if this is really true it is terrible. How can we trust cops like these with sensitive information? No wonder no one is willing to come forward and give up any info, cause you won't really know who's with you and who's not.


It is hoped that the force steps up their activities in trying to get rid of these corrupt cops, maybe then, we will start to have the peace we are seeking.





Spragga Benz among Billboard's One Hit Wonders

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According to an article in the Jamaica Observer, dancehall DJ Spragga Benz was featured in Billboard's Best One-Hit wonders of 2000s for Kevin Lyttle collaboration Turn Me On.


The finding is based on an artiste that hit the top 10 of Billboard Hot 100 singles chart without cracking the top 25 with subsequent hits in the decade.


The song Turn Me On was Lyttle's international hit on his self-titled album. It peaked at number four in August 2004 with Benz deejaying for 30 seconds mid-song whilst toasting the intro/outro.


Listed below are some of the other 'one hit wonders' as presented by Billboard


The top 10 One Hit Wonders included:


*Daniel Powter's Bad Day which peaked at number 1 for five weeks but subsequent songs have not entered the Hot 100;


*Terror Squad's Lean Back which peaked at number 1 in 2004 but subsequent hits peaked at number 62;


*Crazy Town's Butterfly peaked at number 1 for two weeks in 2001 but subsequent hits never entered Hot 100;


*Mims' This is why I'm Hot peaked at number 1 for two weeks in 2007 but subsequent hits peaked at 32;


*D4L's Laffy Taffy peaked at number one in 2006 but subsequent hits peaked at 72;


*James Blunt's You're Beautiful peaked at number 1 in 2006 but subsequent hits peaked at 66;


*Gnarls Barkley's Crazy peaked at number 1 with subsequent hits peaking at 88;


*Blu Cantrell's Hit Em Up Style (Oops!) peaked at number 1 in 2001 and subsequent songs peaked at 70;


*Bo Bice's Inside Your Heaven peaked at number 2 in 2005 and subsequent songs peaked at 56; and


*Dream's He Loves You Not peaked at number 2 in 2000 and subsequent songs peaked at 39.





Bolt is a ‘monster’ and 'fearless' — Tyson Gay

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American athlete, Tyson Gay, who has been having a quite a good season, was quoted earlier this year that world fastest man, Usain Bolt is a “beast… a monster, a freak” and he is “fearless”.


“This guy’s a beast," Gay said. "You can’t be sure of what he can do and the pressure doesn’t seem to be getting to him.


“He’s a monster, a freak. He’s doing something no one’s ever heard of. He’s in a class of his own, like LeBron James or David Beckham. It’s hard to study people like that." Gay said in July this year.


He reiterated this sentiment when he was in the island on the weekend to attend a charity concert hosted by Olympian and for 200m record holder, Asafa Powell.


“He is a monster, he can run in any conditions … rain, snow, anything,” Gay is quoted as saying last weekend.
In the July article, he noted that Bolt was “having fun and he’s fearless”.





Actress Brittany Murphy dies in LA at age 32

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Brittany Murphy, who gained fame in such movies as “8 Mile” and “Just Married” before giving voice to popular animated characters, has died at age 32.


The Los Angeles County coroner’s office said her death Sunday morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center appeared to be from natural causes but police were investigating.


Murphy was transported to the hospital after the Los Angeles Fire Department responded to a call at 8 a.m. at the home she shared with her husband, British screenwriter Simon Monjack, in the Hollywood Hills.


Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter said Murphy apparently collapsed in the bathroom, and authorities were looking into her medical history.


An official cause of death may not be determined for some time, since toxicology tests will be required, but “it appears to be natural,” Winter said. He said an autopsy was planned for Monday or Tuesday.


Los Angeles police have opened an investigation into Murphy’s death, Officer Norma Eisenman said. Detectives and coroner’s officials were at Murphy and Monjack’s home Sunday afternoon but did not talk to reporters. Paparazzi were camped outside the multistory home, located above the Sunset Strip.


Neighbor Clare Staples said she saw firefighters working to resuscitate the actress Sunday morning. She said Murphy was on a stretcher.


Murphy’s husband, wearing pajama bottoms and no shoes, appeared “dazed” as firefighters tried to save her, Staples said. “It’s just tragic,” she added.


TMZ.com first reported Murphy’s death Sunday morning.


Murphy’s publicist, Nicole Perna, said in a statement: “In this time of sadness, the family thanks you for your love and support. It is their wish that you respect their privacy.”


Messages left for Murphy’s manager and agent by The Associated Press were not immediately returned.


Murphy’s father, Angelo Bertolotti, said he learned of her death from his son, the actress’s brother, and was stunned.


“She was just an absolute doll since she was born,” Bertolotti said from his Florida home. “Her personality was always outward.


Everybody loved her — people that made movies with her, people on a cruise — they all loved her. She was just a regular gal.”





Buju gets rid of lawyer; seeks top notch legal team

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Embattled reggae dancehall artiste, Mark Anthony Myrie, better known as Buju Banton, is getting rid of lawyer Herbert E. Walker III and is seeking a top flight legal team to represent him on his conspiracy charges.


Buju Banton was charged with conspiracy to possess, with intent to distribute and faces up to 20 years behind bars if convicted.


Walker, in an email to the Associated Press last week, has said he “looks forward to representing Buju Banton in court”.


However, Banton’s manager, Tracii McGregor is quoted over the weekend as saying that current attorney, Herbert Walker, III, was simply hired to represent Banton during his initial court appearance and will not be the trial attorney.


She also stated that the label will pursue the best legal team to prove his innocence and that she has been meeting with several top criminal attorneys to take over the case.





Scenes from Magnum Road Show

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

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Divine Order


I am one with the divine order of life.


Entering now into winter, I recall the memory of spring's blossoms and the potential they displayed. The tiny buds soaking up the spring rain, yearning to bloom into the fruit and flowers of summer.


I am one with the divine order of life, and in this divine flow I am productive while at ease. I am peaceful, balanced and aware. I exercise my body and eat wholesome foods, get pleasure from both work and leisure, enjoy friends and family, and nurture myself with revitalizing sleep. Guided and nourished by the Spirit within, I continue to grow in spiritual understanding, always toward the light of God. I am immersed in the divine order of life, and all is well.


I will give you your rains in their season, and the land shall yield its produce, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit.--Leviticus 26:4





Hottie Hottie of the Week

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

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Joy


Joy is my divine birthright, my natural state.


Joy is my natural state of being. When I am expressing joy, I feel intimately connected to God. At times when I fully experience a joyful manifestation of Spirit, I may feel a wellspring of emotion. It is a great gift to witness a sunset, hold the hand of a frail loved one, behold the innocent face of a newborn child and then to express my heartfelt gratitude for that moment, that person, that inspiration.


When I experience joy, I fully understand my reason for being. All else falls away, all worries, all doubts. I am one with the Creator. I am fully present, fully engaged in life. I am called to find joy, to be joy, to wake up to joy in every moment.


You show me the path of life.In your presence there is fullness of joy.--Psalm 16:11





Scenes from Fresh Fridays

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Today's Daily Word - Saturday, December 19, 2009

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Journey


I am on a divine journey of peace and joy.


Mary and Joseph's journey to Bethlehem was likely difficult, both physically and mentally, requiring a great deal of strength and stamina. Throughout their journey, they had faith in God. At the end of their travels they experienced pure joy, for a new life was born!


In my journey through life, I may encounter moments that require greater strength and stamina. I may be learning a new skill or coping with a challenging circumstance. I receive strength of spirit and stamina in mind and heart as I trust in God as my guide. With God my way is clear and my journey secure. In God's presence, I experience a new life, filled with joy and everlasting peace.


Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem.--Luke 2:4





Scenes from Street Vybz Thrusdays

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YardFlex Top 5 Bubblers Chart

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YardFlex Top 10 Chart

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Tax and more taxes

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During the JLP’s campaign to win the election the popular slogan “wi haffi change course” was advertised. Many jumped on the bandwagon with glee as they couldn’t wait to get out the reigning PNP. But now they are probably cursing the luck that had them changing course to what now looks like from “bad to worse!”


At no time during the PNP’s reign was there a supplementary budget three times for the year, and things doesn’t look any better. With new taxes set to come on stream January 1 – an unpleasant start to the New Year.


A few months later in April a another Budget debate will take place which no doubt will mean more tax increase.


What the hell is happening in this country…below are some of the things that are now on the GCT tax list.


* GCT tax has moved from 16.5% to 17.5%


* customers will now be expected to pay GCT on electricity usage exceeding 200 kilowatt hours per month.


·Motorists will also once again be hard hit as the Special Consumption Tax on fuel will be increased by 15 per cent.


·Smokers will also be forced to pay more as the Special Consumption Tax on cigarettes is being increased from the current $8,500 per 1,000 sticks to $10,500 per 1,000 sticks


* GCT, consumers will now have to pay GCT on fresh fruit and vegetables, ground provision, legumes, onions and garlic, as well as on meat and poultry.


* In addition, fish, cornmeal, corned beef, pickled mackerel, herring, shad and dried salt fish, canned sardines, canned mackerel, bread, buns, bullas, biscuits and crackers, sugar, salt, eggs, patties, rolled oats and baking flour.


Cooking oil, syrup, fish, cock and noodle soups, corn, disposable diapers for the incontinent, sanitary towels and tampons and even children's picture books and painting books.


Even the dead will be spared as services rendered by an undertaker in relation to a burial or cremation, including the supply of coffins, will be taxed as well.


It will be interesting to see if those who are being pressured will sit back and allow this government to do whatever they will without crying out. This is a crying shame anyway you look at it. With the economy in the worst shape it’s been in it is not a comforting thought that the government has thrown those who are suffering the most to the wolves.







26-year-old NFL wide receiver Chris Henry died after falling from a truck driven by his fiancée.


According to the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department, the accident occurred late Wednesday morning after Chris jumped into the back of a pickup truck driven by his fiancée. WCPO reports that, he was trying to stop her from leaving a domestic situation at his North Carolina home. No details on that situation, or what lead up to it, have been released at this time.




CMPD said he got in the bed of the truck as his fiancée, Lolieni Tonga, was driving off of his property, and he fell out of the back at some point. He’d sustained grave injuries by the time police arrived at the scene of the accident, and emergency crews rushed him to Carolina’s Medical Center.





Homicide detectives are trying to whether or not Chris was thrown from the truck by his fiancée’s driving. TMZ reports that Loleini, who was taken in for questioning and later released, did not suffer any visible injuries from the accident.


Below is the youtube link to the 911 call





Pepsi Rebel Salute?

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Conscious reggae show, Rebel Salute, staged annually by singer Tony Rebel’s Flames Productions, will have Pepsi as its title sponsor come January 2010, reports reveal.


The event, held in St Elizabeth, is one of the premier and longest-running stage shows put on by a reggae artiste. Rebel Salute, which started out as a tribute to late singer Garnett Silk, is known as one of the few remaining “hortical Rastaman show” where the music, the food and the livity are in harmony.


Rebel Salute has always sought out that which is healthy for mind, body and spirit and does not promote the eating of animal flesh or the drinking of anything alcoholic or substances considered harmful to the body.


In the past, Tru Juice, a line of natural juices bottled by Jamiacan company, Tradewind Citrus, has been the sponsor for this wholesome reggae event, where clean music, mixed with the essence of marijuana, can be guaranteed to take patrons on a natural high.







The Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival has moved its main stage acts for the January 2010 festival to the Greenfield Stadium in Trelawny, Minister in charge of Entertainment, Babsy Grange announced at the launch on Tuesday.


For the past three years, the festival has been housed temporarily at the Aqueduct at Rose Hall, Montego Bay,a venue which requires putting in major infrastructure for each staging, at significant cost to the festival, explained Turnkey Productions, producers of the annual festival. According to them it became unfeasible to host the event at the Rose Hall venue. Turnkey also noted that there would be serious parking issues, as they no longer had the use of a major car park


President of Turnkey Productions, Walter Elmore, noted that they had decide on “whether to risk not being able to effectively stage the festival, as well as forego the comfort and ease of movement of our patrons, or find a new venue that would solve our major problems,” said.


He explained that the Greenfield Stadium in Trelawny is only 12 miles or 12 minutes away from the old venue and it was the most ideal option when all needs were considered.


Scheduled to perform on the festival, which will run from Sunday, to Saturday, January 30 are Empress Of Soul, multiple Grammy award-winning singer and former Motown icon, Gladys Knight, Billy Ocean, The Whispers, Maxi Priest, Machel Montano, Joe Roy Jackson, Joss Stone, Hall and Oats, Jon Secada, Robin Banks, Monty Alexander, Roy Ayers, Third World and the Max Klezmer Band.





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

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Togetherness


I cherish my time with friends and family throughout the Christmas season.


Holiday celebrations with family and coworkers are meant to be joyful. But on occasion, I may feel anxious about them. I take a moment now to consciously release any tension I am experiencing, any unrealistic expectations I've placed upon myself or others. I become flexible and accepting. In so doing, I am better able to enjoy the spontaneity of each event.


I greet my dear ones with love, appreciating the unique qualities they bring to each gathering. Throughout the holiday season, I affirm silently, I behold the Christ in you, whether I am looking in the mirror or looking into the eyes of another. I cherish our times of togetherness this Christmas.


The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.--2 Corinthians 13:13





Scenes from Weddy Weddy

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SHAME ON YOU BUJU

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So who is the greedy one now? Memba when Buju call Junior Reid, Junior Greed? Well, if yu live inna glass house, don't throw no rock stone. People, tell me how much money Buju really mek fi a stage show mek him haffi go resort to something like this? Yo, yu know how much people woulda love have a talent so dem can mek real money without having to do nothing illegal, or work a boring 9 to 5 weh yu can barely pay yu bills month time. And him ah talent weh him can sing Not An Easy Road and Driver and Deportee fi 90 minutes and mek US$30,000 fi one night and gone get mix up inna something like this. Come on, man! If him guilty, dog nyam him supper because ah him ah the greedy one, look how much black people look up to him and admire him and now the white system have him weh dem can deal wid him like a commonas. Buju, yu go LUUUUUUU. Yu better watch yu headback and wear an iron brief inna the Yankee system because the gays dem after yu





ADDI AND THE STUDENTS ALMOST MEET IN TRINIDAD

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Mi girlfriend call me and ah say she see the whole ah the Empire yute dem pack up inna the airport inna Trinidad and ah wonder if dem nah badda come fi do the show wid Teacha on Wednesday night. Mi affi tell her say anno refuse dem a refuse dem entry, dem just on dem way from Guyana en route to Jamaica. But what a calamity though eh? Dem haffi a sing out dem throat ah do dubplate fi work off dem debt and den when dem a go back home, the Teacha ah fly in to the same country like nothing never happened. When dem a fly out, him a fly in fi a next show, whoi, mi body! Mi sorry, but if mi is a student inna fi him classroom, ah one ting mi a learn, mi nah go pon no plane widout him, mi haffi right beside him p p cluck cluck, nothing like this caan happen again. Not dis ya dutty gal ya, mi learn mi lesson one time, that's all mi waan, after mi head no tough. Mi just hope say dem tek notes and know wha clock a strike now.





Getting tough with obscene music

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It seems as if the tide is rising against the dancehall artistes and their threatening and obscene lyrics that are said to be leading young people down a road of perdition.


Recently, the Government in Antigua made it clear that such artistes will not be welcomed there. In Jamaica, the home of dancehall, the Broadcasting Commission has banned from the airwaves all sexually explicit music, and so too lyrics which depict violence. Daggering—a dance which seeks to simulate the sexual act on the dance floor without any attempt at disguise—has been particularly disconcerting to the Jamaica Broadcasting Commission and to large segments of the population in that country. In addition to the sexually oriented lyrics of the music, the encouragement to violence by the dancehall artistes in their lyrics is also of deep concern to the Jamaican authorities and to those in Antigua and other parts of the Caribbean where the musical genre has become popular over the last decade and more. In T&T, dancehall artistes have been escorted off stage for obscene and offensive lyrics. Recently, Bounty Killa, a high priest of the form, was prevented from getting past the Immigration Department at Piarco—the officers at the port of entry deeming the Jamaican artist a subversive risk to the country and more precisely its young people.


A few years ago, shocked by the lyrical content of the dancehall music being played in maxi taxis that take teenaged students back and forth, laws and regulations were put in place to control the volume at which the music can be played in vehicles used for public transport. Notwithstanding lowering the volume of the music, the dancehall and other derivative forms are still being played here in public transport vehicles. And if the complaints heard from parents, teachers and parent-teacher groups are correct, the music and lyrics are still “licking-up” the youth and leading them into senseless violence and more. So too do those who complain claim that the dancehall music is being used to induce and seduce young females into promiscuous habits and eventually into dangerous lifestyles. Associated with the negatives of the musical genre is the spread of communicable diseases, HIV being the greatest threat. In this respect, professionals and agencies working in the field of HIV and Aids have attributed the increase in the spread of the virus amongst young females to some of them being engaged in sexual relations with older men who are part of the dancehall culture.


It would only be fair to say that dancehall is not singular in respect of the claims about it being obscene and capable of leading young people astray. Our own calypso and soca songs have been said to be responsible for initiating young people into dangerous lifestyles. There would be those locally who would point to the subtly of language of the calypsonian, his wit and easy facility with double entendre and say the two forms cannot be compared. Those who heap scorn on daggering may also have to answer questions as to the difference between what we see on Carnival days and the sex-simulation exercises of the dancehall artistes. In Jamaica, that contention raged for some time when the ban was imposed on the daggering lyrics, with segments of the Jamaican society saying that the soca lyrics were as negatively influential as anything that the dancehall artistes could sing.


Fact is that norms and values are changing, but society still has to maintain levels of acceptable behaviour to mitigate against the most negative of subcultures possible. T&T has to face the challenges of the subculture music and the ways in which it is eating away at the core.






Portmore Empire artistes, Jahvinci, Shawn Storm, Pop Caan and Dose of Medicine, have been in Guyana since last weekend for a reggae concert there, and it’s not certain if they will return to Jamaica in time for Christmas.


The show was billed as a peace concert with Gaza president, Vybz Kartel, as the headline act. Kartel, however, did not show up for the event, causing the show to be cancelled and the promoter to lose millions.


Reacting to reports first carried in YardFlex that the artistes and their manager Lenburgh “Len” McDonald (Not Supreme Promotions’ Laing as was first reported), were being held hostage, one newspaper in Guyana noted that the artiste were still in Guyana, but were comfortable. The hostage reports are said to be “lies and wicked rumours”.


Guyana’s Stabroek News, quoted the management of Conscious Minds Promotions as saying that the four artistes who arrived in Guyana last weekend for the Vybz Kartel peace concert are still there waiting to perform and were comfortable in a private hose provided by the promoter. .


The report quotes one of the artistes as saying, “We here in ah Guyana safe and sound and ready to entertain the fans.”


YardFlex had reported that the promoter had checked the artistes and their manager out of the hotel Sunday morning and had taken them to a private house at an undisclosed location where they were making dubplates on rapid. Other reports also noted that the promoter in Guyana and another in St Lucia – where Kartel was supposed to perform on Sunday but again did not show up – were angry over the looses they incurred as a result of Kartel’s no-show.


Conscious Minds had initially sent out a statement that ticket holders would be refunded their money, but the story now is that that “The promoters requested that ticket-holders hold on to their tickets. If all goes well the show will be held before Christmas or at a later date.”


Kartel’s manager, “ from the comfort of the house in Guyana said he is awaiting a call from Kartel and that if all goes well the show will be staged before Christmas,” Starbroek News quotes the promoters as saying..





Singer I-Octane is not dead

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‘I heard the news and wondered if someone else had my name,’ he says.


Can you imagine driving in your car, listening to your radio and hearing the breaking news that you are dead? That is indeed enough to send you to your grave.


That, however, was the experience reggae singer I-Octane had on Wednesday evening, after which, all hell broke loose. Fans and music industry players started calling around various media houses asking if the reports were really true; many were grief stricken and crying their eyes out.


Some media outlets were caught off guard, as they, at one point could neither confirm nor deny the rumours.


According to I-Octane’s management team, Arrows, led by Rose Linton, the office could not keep up with the number of calls from concerned people wanting to know if the story was true.


“I know that he was supposed to be at a show at Ward Theatre,” Linton, affectionately called Miss Rose, stated, sounding dazed by all that had transpired.


The so-called death of artistes by the hared-working rumour mill, is nothing new, however, and many acts, including Gregory Isaacs, John Holt and Beenie Man, to name a few, have been victims.


According to one music industry player, “Dem artiste deh going live till you sun dem.”


As for I-Octane, he is busy rehearsing for his hectic end-of-year concerts and says to his fans, “Life ova death we seh ... everytime.”





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

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Abundance


I am blessed beyond measure.


I am grateful for the simple things in life--streets decorated with colored lights, the night sky ablaze with a thousand tiny stars. I am struck by the beauty that is mine to enjoy.


During a meal with friends, I notice the many ways I am nourished, body and soul. When the sun warms my face or I pull a coat around me against the cold wind, I feel enfolded in the love of God. Lending a helping hand to a stranger or sharing a word of encouragement with a child, I am reminded of all that I have to give.


I count my blessings for the small things, and I am grateful for the abundant good in my life. In large and small ways, I am blessed.
Joseph stored up grain in such abundance--like the sand of the sea--that he stopped measuring it; it was beyond measure.--Genesis 41:49





Scenes from Hill Top Tuesdays

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Reggae star Banton will be transferred to Tampa

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MIAMI (AP) — Grammy nominated Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton will fight a drug charge against him in Tampa instead of Miami.


Banton waived his bail hearing Wednesday in Miami federal court. His case is being prosecuted in Tampa, where he will be transferred.
U.S. Magistrate Judge William Turnoff issued a temporary order of detention for the 36-year-old singer, whose real name is Mark Anthony Myrie.


Banton did not speak at the hearing, except to reply, “Yes, sir,” to the judge’s questions. Like the other 10 jail inmates waiting in the courtroom, he wore a beige jail jumpsuit over a white T-shirt, with his long dreadlocks tied up off his neck and his hands shackled in front of him.


“He believes that because the indictment was filed out of Tampa, that’s where the case should be defended,” Banton’s attorney, Herbert E.. Walker III, said after the hearing.


Banton has been in federal custody since last Thursday. He is charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine.


Walker said the charge carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.
According to a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration affidavit, Banton and two others traveled to Sarasota last week to purchase a large amount of cocaine from an undercover law enforcement officer. The DEA was tipped off by a confidential informant who agreed to wear a recording device during the drug negotiation session.


Banton’s attorney said the singer is “completely innocent” of the charges against him.


“He’s a very spiritual person,” Walker said. “He has a lot of faith in God. He’s confident he’s going to be exonerated.”


The husky-voiced Banton has been a major star in his native Jamaica since the early 1990s with brash dancehall music and, more recently, a traditional reggae sound. His career has been stunted in the United States because of some song lyrics that advocated violence against gay men.


Earlier this month, Banton’s ninth album, “Rasta Got Soul,” was nominated for a Grammy for best reggae album. The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation launched an online petition protesting the nomination.
Source AP





Bernanke is TIME’s 2009 Person of the Year

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Remember September 2008? The month when the entire U.S. financial system almost collapsed? Ever since that pivotal moment, one person has been in the crosshairs, making decision after decision that has impacted nearly every American alive today.

That person is Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. Because of his monumental influence on the world’s most important economy, Bernanke has been named TIME magazine’s 2009 Person of the Year.

TIME Managing Editor Richard Stengel called the Federal Reserve “the most powerful, least understood government force shaping our lives” as he revealed his magazine’s choice live on TODAY Wednesday morning.





Buju Banton set to appear at bail hearing in Miami

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MIAMI – Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton is set to appear in Miami federal court.


A bail hearing is scheduled Wednesday morning for the 36-year-old singer, whose real name is Mark Anthony Myrie.


Banton and two others allegedly attempted to buy a large amount of cocaine from an undercover law enforcement officer in Sarasota last week. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration was tipped off by a confidential informant.


Banton has been in federal custody since Thursday in Miami pending transfer to Tampa, where the case is being prosecuted.


He faces a maximum of 20 years in prison if convicted of a charge of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine.


Banton's attorney says the singer "vigorously denies" the charges.







Buju Banton's legal team is denying charges that he tried buying cocaine from undercover Drug Enforcement Agents in South Florida.


The DJ, whose real name is Mark Myrie, was arrested in Sarasota last Thursday in a DEA sting operation.


In an interview with the RJR news centre, Buju Banton's attorney Herbert Erving Walker III said his client "vigorously denies" the charges levelled against him.


Buju Banton was being held at Miami's downtown detention centre pending transfer to Tampa, where the case is being prosecuted.


He is due to face a Miami Federal Court Wednesday for a bail hearing.


His lawyer told our news centre he was looking forward to representing Buju at his second court appearance where he will be arguing strongly for bail.


Mr. Walker said he plans to argue that the DJ should be released on bond as he is not a threat to the community or a flight risk.


"It will be our contention that he is not a threat to the community and that based on all the factors that will be placed on the record tomorrow that he should be at least granted a bond because of his lack of involvement in prior criminal history and because of his outstanding ties to the world community by way of his music, by way of his humanitarian effort and the like," Mr. Walker said.


The attorney admitted that the charges against his client are indeed serious, but noted that the burden of proof as it relates to the allegations rests on the US government.


"Question is, is Mr. Myrie actually guilty of those things? Our contention is that he is not and this is a tragic misunderstanding. It is the position of Mr. Myrie that he is completely, totally, refutes these allegations as untrue and he has never wavered in that. And so it will be the burden of the government to establish that what they have accused him of is in fact true,"


Turning to the video evidence allegedly possessed by the State against his client Mr. Walker said he would wait to view and listen to the tapes before making a determination.


"Keep in mind that the charge here on the affidavit is conspiracy, which under the law is a inchoate crime which means you're going to have to determine what a person's state of mind is and a video tape recording does not speak to those issues," he said.


An affidavit from a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent says the DJ and two others traveled to Sarasota last week to purchase over five kilograms of cocaine.


Buju is facing a charge of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.


Buju Banton is a Grammy nominee in the Best Reggae Album category, for his critically acclaimed album, Rasta Got Soul.







ATLANTA – TIME Magazine will be selecting it’s Person Of The Year for 2009. Jamaica’s very own Triple Olympic Champion Usain “Lighting” Bolt is among the list of 7 finalists.


Fans can cast their Vote For Bolt! by visiting, http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/34367161/ns/today-today_people/


The other finalists include: Steve Jobs, Ben Bernake, The Chinese Worker, Nancy Pelosi, Stanley McChrystal, and President Barack Obama.


TIME’s Person of the Year announcement will be made live on the TODAY Show on sometime this morning..





Dunn’s River Falls is number one

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Dunn's River Falls in St. Ann has been voted "Best Tourist Attraction" by visitors to the island, in the "Best of Jamaica" annual survey for 2009.


The survey was conducted by Jamaicans.com, a premier online community for Jamaicans and visitors.


The annual online survey which started ten years ago, gives visitors to the island an opportunity to register their take on the best of the island based on previous travel experiences.


The 2009 survey gathered the views of over 40,000 participants who have previously visited the island and allowed for voting on Tourist Life, Food, Entertainment, Restaurants, Jamaica Online, and Recreation.


In the Tourist Life Category, visitors to Jamaica were asked to name their favourite tourist attraction, hotel, villa and wedding location among others.


Dunn's River Falls came out as the top attraction.





Evangelist Oral Roberts Has Died At 91

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The well-known television evangelist Oral Roberts has died in California at the age of 91.


Oral Roberts was admitted to the hospital this past weekend after falling. Roberts’ spokesman said Oral died of complications from pneumonia.


Oral Roberts philosophy was the unity of mind, body and spirit, and many thought of him as a “faith healer”.


Oral wrote many books and founded Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma.


Roberts conducted hundreds of what were considered “miracle healing crusades” for thousands of people in over 35 countries.





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

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Guidance


The light of Christ guides me to my highest good.


The star of Bethlehem shone brightly, according to the Christmas story, but only the wisest persons were able to perceive it and to discern its meaning. Still, they did not know exactly what they would find when they arrived.


The light of Christ shines brightly within me, and it's the wisest part of me that can perceive its glow. When I follow the Christ light inward, I am guided to my highest good.


Being guided by the light of Christ does not mean that I will know exactly how things will turn out. However, I know that within every challenge there is an opportunity and within every difficulty there is a gift. Guided by the glow of my own divine nature, I know that all is well.


When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy.--Matthew 2:10





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

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Pray for Others


I see you as God sees you, a perfect expression of Spirit.


When I pray, I see beyond any appearance of difficulty in the lives of my dear ones. I release any thoughts of doubt or worry and see them as God sees them: perfect expressions of Spirit. I see the radiant Christ of their beings. I affirm that the power of the Christ within each one is mighty to heal any condition because God's life within is perfect life.


I know there is no decision, no choice, no concern that is greater than Divine Mind expressing in each individual as wisdom, right judgment and guidance. I see myself and each person I hold in prayer as open channels for the abundant flow of God's good as health, love and prosperity.


Then turning to the disciples, Jesus said to them privately, "Blessed are the eyes that see what you see!"--Luke 10:23





Stop Pushing Conflicts

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By Rootzgirl


A meeting was held in the esteemed office of the Prime Minister to squash the longstanding feud between Kartel and Mavado and comes report of another two women in the dancehall at lyrical conflict.


Stacious and Lisa Hype. Yardflex just want to say that the media should stop buying into these silly people attempt at getting attention.


Maybe they saw how well it worked to catapult Vybz and Mavado’s career so with those two at peace now, these women are trying a thing to take their career to another level.


The media doesn’t have to be their tool to do that. Haven’t we learned anything yet?


Ignore them, ignore their pathetic efforts at attention, ignore the silly so called conflicts and instead start bigging up the conscious soldiers out there who are doing their best to spread the love in the dancehall.


We are tired of the garbage that keeps coming out in the name of music. Real creativity finds issues and chants about them, music is not a tracing match and sadly that’s what dancehall is coming down to.







Popular dancehall artiste Desmond "Ninja Man" Ballentine, who is also facing his share of problems with the law, returned to the Corporate Area Criminal Court on Monday on a charge of murder.


More testimony was heard on Monday as the preliminary enquiry into the circumstances of the murder continued.


The entertainer and his 20-year-old son Janiel Ballentine along with Clayton Dennis and Seymour Samuels are charged with the murder of 20-year-old Ricardo Johnson, a resident of Olympic Gardens in St. Andrew.


Mr. Johnson was gunned down in a drive-by shooting on March 16.


Defence attorney Norma Linton argued that the evidence against Ninjaman is weak based on the testimony given by the witnesses.


She argued that none of the witnesses have identified Ninjaman as the shooter.


The hearing continues on December 23, when Ms Linton will apply for bail on behalf of the artiste..





Journalist Michael Pryce is dead

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Yardflex sends condolence to the family of Michael Pryce who died about 11:30 am yesterday in England. He was 48 years old.


Michael, who had been battling bone cancer for several years, passed away in England on Monday morning.


He last worked with the CVM Group and was also a reporter with the RJR News Centre.


Meanwhile the Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ) has expressed regret at the passing of Mr. Pryce.


President of the PAJ Byron Buckley says Michael's inimitable voice will be sorely missed from the airwaves.


"The Press Association of Jamaica wants to join the media fraternity in mourning the passing of our colleague Michael Pryce who fought a valiant battle with bone cancer. Michael was an active member of the PAJ, in fact he attended our monthly fete that was held at RJR Sports Club only days before he was hospitalized at the University Hospital earlier this year," Mr. Buckley said.


"His voice will be sorely missed from the airwaves but the camaraderie that he brought to association events will be fondly remembered. We just want to express condolences to his relatives and to his colleagues at CVM and Hot 102 in their moment of loss,"


In the meantime, the Media Association of Jamaica (MAJ) says it is with deep sadness that it learnt on Monday of the death of Mr. Pryce.


The MAJ says Michael was a proactive, inquisitive and persistent journalist, who never took no for an answer to anything he felt the public had a right to know.


And Opposition leader Portia Simpson Miller also expressed regret and sorrow at the news of the journalist's passing.


Mrs. Simpson Miller said Michael made significant contributions to media and journalism in Jamaica over a relatively short career and was the consummate professional.


He is survived by his widow Maxine and two daughters.







By Gil Kaufman


The arrest of Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton on Thursday in Florida on conspiracy to possess and intent to distribute cocaine followed an investigation that sounds like an episode of the 1980s cop drama "Miami Vice.."


According to the Tampa Tribune, the arrest of one of the most controversial modern reggae acts to come from the island nation in the post-Bob Marley era began with a meeting last Tuesday at a Sarasota, Florida, restaurant called La Tropicana de Havana. It was there that Banton (born Mark Anthony Myrie) allegedly pulled up in a silver Land Rover with the license plate "JAH ONE" with another man named Ian Thomas and an unidentified woman and allegedly attempted to arrange to buy several kilos of cocaine.


Police recorded the meeting, and according to the criminal complaint, a confidential source told the singer to go to a warehouse under surveillance, where they met with an undercover Sarasota police officer who showed him and the woman a car that had 20 kilos of cocaine stashed in secret compartments. Banton and Thomas allegedly sampled the drugs and negotiated the price for a few hours, then left, only to return the next day after Thomas called the source and expressed interest in buying 15 kilos of the drug.


Another meeting took place Wednesday at an Applebee's restaurant in Sarasota, where Thomas allegedly told the source his group wanted to purchase 5 kilos and possibly more at a later time. He also reportedly said another member of his crew was in the parking lot with about $125,000 in cash.


By late afternoon, Thomas and the source left the restaurant and met with a man named James Mack, who was in the driver's seat of the car and who returned to the Applebee's to continue negotiating the deal, according to the criminal complaint.


On Thursday morning, Thomas and Mack allegedly drove back to the warehouse, where an undercover Sarasota officer saw Mack pull large amounts of cash from a hidden panel in the rear driver's side of the Honda. After inspecting the cash, the undercover officer gave a bag with 7 kilos of cocaine to Thomas and Mack. Officers then gave the signal to arrest the two, while Banton was simultaneously apprehended in Miami.


All three were charged with conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to distribute and are being held with no bond. Grammy nominee Banton — whose recent U.S. tour was plagued by calls for protest from the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, who decry the homophobic lyrics to his 1992 song "Boom Bye Bye" — is expected to appear in a Miami courtroom later this week. He faces up to 20 years in prison on the charges. A spokesperson for the singer could not be reached for comment at press time.





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Will the PM intervene now?

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Buju Banton is facing some serious drug charges in the US and the big question on everyone’s lips is “Will the PM intervene now?”


He set the trend when he made Mavado’s and Kartel’s feud a matter of national importance, using his office to engineer the meeting.


There is no doubt that Buju Banton’s rights have been seriously violated and we can’t erase the niggling thought that he was somehow “set up”.


With worldwide attention on Buju it would be hard to imagine him peddling that amount of cocaine. We are not his judge and jurors, but if it looks suspicious, then it probably is. It is too much of a coincidence that hot upon the heels of the gays hitting out against his Grammy nomination comes this huge charge.


The PM must now use whatever powers that be to intercede and ensure that the artiste gets fair representation.


What say you?







There is more opposition to the decision by the political executive to intervene in the conflict between dancehall artistes Vybes Kartel and Mavado.


Last week the two feuding DJ's were summoned to a meeting at Jamaica House by Prime Minister Bruce Golding and four of his senior ministers in a bid to quell the growing rivalry which have spilled over into schools.


Speaking on Sunday afternoon on RJR's News review programme, That's a Rap, Academic Manager at the University of Technology and Public Affairs Commentator, Martin Henry said the Prime Minister's intervention was premature.


Mr. Henry says he is against peace treaties which he asserts push criminal conduct and social deviation underground rather than resolve real difficulties.


And also speaking on That's A Rap Analyst Claude Robinson says he would have preferred if the Prime Minister never got involved in the simmering dispute between Vybes Kartel and Mavado.





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Yardflex Yard Girl Felica Kellerman

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Members of the Portmore Empire, along with Supreme Promotions’ Isaiah Laing, were reportedly held hostage at a house in Guyana following Saturday’s cancellation of a show headlined by Vybz Kartel, who was a no-show.


Reports are that on Sunday morning, the members of the Portmore Empire, and Laing, who had accompanied the entourage to the island, were moved from the Princess International Hotel in Guyana to a private house.


“The promoters took Jahvinci, Rhyno, Laing and the others out of the hotel to an unknown location. Laing was in Room 415 and Jahvinci was in Room 436,” the source stated.


Reports are that the promoter, who has reportedly lost thousands of dollars, was in negotiations with Vybz Kartel via telephone.


“The artistes were complaining that they were uncomfortable at first,” the source said, adding that all in the entourage were uncertain what to expect, following the move from the hotel to the unknown location.


However, after talks with the Gaza President, a deal was worked out whereby the artistes would do a number of dub plates for the promoter.


“They will have to sing until their throats hurt them,” the source said.







Reports out of Guyana are that Gaza President, Vybz Kartel was a no show at an event for which he and members of his Portmore Empire were booked for on Saturday.


According to a YardFlex source based in Guyana, Vybz Kartel and The Portmore Empire were booked for a show in the territory on 12th December, however, members of the Empire arrived in Guyana, without their leader , Vybz Kartel.


“Word around is that Di Teacha missed the flight with the other Empire artistes because of a prior commitment in Jamaica and was scheduled to come on a later flight. However the artiste never arrived. The show had to be cancelled at the last minute leaving many at a loss and leaving thousands disappointed,” the source stated.


He added, “It is rumoured that Kartel received threats on his life, if he came to Guyana to perform, so he refused to board any flights out of Jamaica.”


Up to late Saturday, it is alleged that arrangements were being made for a special charter flight with police escort to fly the artiste directly from Jamaica into Guyana, as he requested, since receiving the threats.


“But he still bailed at the last minute,” the source said.


The promoters are now reportedly calculating their huge loss, as the event had to be called off since the headline act whom many had wanted to see was a no-show.


“Many have lost major funds due to these unforeseen circumstances and many have been left disappointed,” the source stated.


It was only last month that Vybz Kartel reportedly missed two flights to a show in another Caribbean island, resulting in the promoter having to send a private jet for him on the night of the event, at an additional cost of US$8,000.00.


Calls to Vybz Kartel’s management went unanswered.







The Miami Herald online had as its breaking news this morning the headline ‘Reggae artist faces drug charges in Miami; Controversial Jamaican reggae star in jail after arrest, with a picture of Buju Banton on the page.


According to the article, “Buju Banton, the Jamaican reggae star whose anti-gay lyrics have drawn international criticism, is in a federal lockup in Miami, facing drug conspiracy charges.”


The articles goes on to say that Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents say Banton, real name Mark Anthony Myrie, has been in custody since Thursday and will soon be transferred to Tampa, where the U.S. Attorney is charging him with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than five kilos of cocaine.


Banton, the story says, has homes both in Jamaica and Tamarac.


While legions of dancehall reggae enthusiasts view Banton as one of the most prolific voices of Jamaica's poor masses, critics say he's a gay basher whose lyrics incite violence by calling for attacking and torturing homosexuals. His song Boom Bye Bye, a dance-hall hit released in the 1990s, advocates shooting gays in the head and setting them on fire.


According to the writer, “As late as September, Banton's local management told The Miami Herald that the criticism of the star was unwarranted because he had stopped singing the song years ago.”


Still, such lyrics have made Banton one of the more controversial reggae artists, with angry gay activists this fall forcing the cancellation of a string of concerts by the artists during a U.S. tour that included a Halloween night concert in Miami.


Recently the firestorm ratched up after the Grammys announced that Baton's album Rasta Got Soul, released earlier this year, was up for an award.


Gay Men of African Descent and the National Black Justice Coalition joined with the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation in a petition drive protesting the nomination.





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Buju Banton behind bars

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Yardflex understands that Mark Myrie more popularly known an Buju Banton who has been under fire from the gay community for some time, is now in lock up in Miami.


Details are sketchy regarding his incarceration but we have confirmed that he has indeed been taken into custody.


Buju Banton’s recent album Rasta Got Soul has been nominated for a Grammy Award and in spite of the pressure the artiste has been coming under, he enjoyed successful tour dates.


It is left to be seen what this latest development will mean in his career.





Gary give me one more night

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What a way the debate is raging regarding Busy Signala’s adapatation of Phil Collin’s One More Night. It was total drama on Thursday when Ragasdhanti played the song about five times and asked listeners to give their opinions on what they heard.


Just like us they heard “Gary give me just one more night!” Whooi it is totally madness as everywhere we go it is the hot conversation topic these days.


Some are cursing the engineer though saying that he should have corrected the error when he had the chance.


“How him fi meck a ting like dat escape when the DJ sey “baby” and meck it sound like “Gary”.


“Yuh done know busy a galis, look how him have three woman did pregnant one time fi him at one point,” Signal’s supporter pointed out.


Sometime ago Beenie Man came under the same fire for his song Who Am I with the troublesome line being “How can I make love to a fellow, in a rush,” Beenie later explained that it was all a matter of a comma.





Yardflex Yard Girl Kristal Mcfarlane

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Ministry snubs Vybz

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The Ministry of Education (MoE) will not be supporting a ‘keep the peace’ campaign which was intended for the National Park today with Jamaican dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel prior to a performance here this weekend.


Jamaican stars and their lyrics and the potential for negative influence, in this case, on schoolchildren.


The organizers of the event, Hits and Jams Promotions, held a meeting with the Education Ministry yesterday, with the former proposing an interactive forum for students with the artiste and other members of his band today at the venue for this weekend’s show, the National Park. The organizers were forced to cancel the forum following the meeting.


According to a release from the Education Ministry, the department has reaffirmed its commitment to moulding the minds of young people. While acknowledging that music plays an integral role in one’s daily life, the ministry stated that part of its mandate is to promote wholesome and healthy lifestyle choices.


The release from the Education Ministry stated that there is the need to maintain an enabling environment where acceptable and desirable activities are fostered and in this regard, extended a call to partners in education and edutainment to work with the ministry to achieve this goal.


The MoE appealed to parents, guardians and civic minded citizens “to join with us as we raise our voices toward a violence free school environment, and to maintain order and discipline on the last day of school.”


The artiste who was born Adidja Azim Palmer and a contingent called ‘the Portmore Empire’ is being brought to Guyana by Conscious Mind Promotions with Hits and Jams being the organizers of the show. The group which includes ‘Black Rhino’ and ‘Gaza Youth’, is expected to perform in Guyana tomorrow. Palmer’s visit to Guyana comes amid a perceived ‘Gully-Gaza’ feud with his arch-rival Mavado, who had a ban lifted here against him in September. Head of the Presidential Secretariat Dr Roger Luncheon later stated that the artiste was given a chance to redeem himself as some sections of society came out against the government’s decision.


Kerwyn Bollers of Hits and Jams promotion told Stabroek News yesterday that today’s intended forum was a good opportunity to have Vybz Kartel provide his fans, more so youths, with “what to be seen and what not to be seen as entertainment”. He said that Vybz Kartel and Mavado, the latter who was born David Constantine Brooks, both came to an agreement earlier this week in Jamaica, pledging to end their lyrical feud which has perturbed educators on the island because of the school violence it has fuelled.


Bollers said that the lengthy meeting held with Education Ministry officials was fruitful though a bit disappointing. He said that the planned interactive forum would have seen representatives from Non-Governmental Organizations such as the National AIDS Programme Secretariat (NAPS) as well as members of the media participating in the event, adding that Vybz Kartel had given his commitment to participate in the event and he and his contingent would have been open to comments from those in attendance.


He said that Education Ministry officials felt that the forum was a good idea but were not in agreement with two aspects of the planned event, those being: that Vybz Kartel does not suit the image of someone who can be a good influence to school children and, that the Ministry has had several challenges dealing with the last day of school activities over the years.


However, all is not lost, Bollers stated, since according to him, the Ministry has given its commitment to participating in similar events in the future, once such events satisfy certain requirements and he noted that from January next year, Hits and Jams Promotions has a full calendar of activities where similar interactive activities are planned.


The two dancehall stars have given the Jamaican government their commitment to end the feud, which began in 2006 and which has spilled over into violent clashes on the island’s streets as well as in other parts of the Caribbean. “People need to realize that David and I have never had any personal animosity over the years. Sometimes people take things out of context, especially impressionable minds,” Vybz Kartel was quoted as saying in the Jamaican media following the meeting.


Both artistes issued public statements recently that their music was not intended to create negative influences. The Jamaica Gleaner reported that the two artistes met with three government officials on the island on December 8 to bring an end to the use of degrading lyrics they have traded with each other and to also issue a call to their respective supporters to end the fuss.





The Tiger saga continues

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As the Tiger Woods scandal(s) head for a third week, the perhaps inevitable question is being asked: Is he a sex addict? .


But if these counselors and psychologists have never had a one-on-one (and here we mean a therapy session) with the golfer, what are they basing their diagnoses on? If you've been following the saga, you'll recognize some of the purported evidenc


He led a double life.


A week after details of Woods' extramarital affairs began to emerge, the Woods mistress count includes two porn stars, a lingerie model and a host of waitresses. Weiss told CBS' "The Early Show" that living very different public and private lives -- keeping covered a "hot bubble of secrets" -- is classic sex addict behavior.


He did it again -- and again.


So far, 13 women have been named, or named themselves, as alleged flings. Manhattan author and therapist Bonnie Eaker Weil said of Woods' situation that repetitive cheating is an addiction. "What begins with a desire to relieve stress or mute depression easily progresses to a preoccupation with where their next 'fix' will come from," she wrote in a news release. As Lustberg told ABC News, pro athletes, accustomed to the rush of celebrity, often look to sex for a similar high.



He liked it outside.



Woods reportedly had sex in a church parking lot with 33-year-old diner waitress Mindy Lawton. David Smallwood, addictions manager at London's Priory clinic, told Britain's News of the World that publicly chancy behavior signals an uncontrollable craving. "Outdoor sex is a way of creating excitement," he said. "The more sex he has, the more he will want, and the more outlandish he will try to make it.


He eschewed protection.



Us Weekly reported that during cocktail waitress Jaimie Grubbs' 31-month affair with the golfer, Woods never wanted to use protection. Lawton's sister, Lynn, concurred. "It's self-destructive behavior," psychotherapist Rhonda Findling, author of "Don't Call That Man!" told the magazine. "Sometimes it's just momentary stupidity, but this seems like sexual addiction."


He left documentation.


In a series of now-public text messages with Grubbs, Woods alluded to sex and asked for naked photos. Dr. Drew Pinsky, host of VH1's "Sex Rehab With Dr. Drew," told CBS News that addiction "has people doing things that don't make sense." Grubbs claims to have more than 300 text messages from Woods saved on her phone and has released a voicemail she says is from Woods, asking her to change the name on her caller ID, saying that "my wife may be calling you."


He seemed to almost want to get busted.


Along with his many far-flung rendezvous, Woods reportedly took at least one woman home with him. Lawton has said she slept with Woods at the Florida home he shares (shared?) with wife Elin Nordegren and their two young children. As Pinsky told CNN, "most of these guys want to get caught."


All the same, though, a sex addiction diagnosis might prove to be Woods' get-out-of-jail card; it's a defense that's allowed celebs like David Duchovny and Michael Douglas to maintain both their careers and their famous wives. "Once you medicalize it ... then the guy has an excuse," Columbia University psychologist Judy Kuriansky told ABC. At the very least, claiming sex addiction might work better than arguing that his indiscretions were just Tiger being Tiger, as Psychology Today writer Stanton Peele seems to have argued. "The same single-mindedness, skill set and gift for robotic calculation that make Tiger Woods the world's greatest golfer," Peele wrote, "make him an avatar of the bedroom." Meow!







Sound system selector Jason Goshine better known as DJ Shine, fourth place finisher in the 2009 Heineken Green Synergy competition, will reveal a different side to his artistic talent, in the upcoming television commercial for CY Clothing.


The commercial was recently completed at the Phase 3 studios in Kingston, under the direction of Doc Media Entertainment. It was produced by D Escoffrey for D’Empire Management.


“DJ Shine was brought in at last minute for the project and he did a really good job. Dancehall artiste Stacious and radio jock ZJ Bambino are the official faces for CY and they too were involved in the commercial. Its going to be off the chain,” an excited Escoffrey revealed.


CY Clothing is relatively new on the Jamaican market. Its offices are headquartered in Florida, USA where its T-shirt line is already creating an impact. There is also an office in Jamaica which is located at Unit 5, 37 Windsor Avenue in Kingston.


An elated DJ Shine expressed his pleasure at the opportunity that the television commercial will facilitate for him. “I’m really excited about this and the DJ Shine fans will see me in a different light. Wait until the commercial is out then you will see what I am talking about,” he confidently stated.


CY Clothing line will be expanding early next year to include dresses for females, dress shirts, polo shirts and jeans for men, as well as bags.





Look how police kill off Kentucky Kid

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Bowy a caan tell unno how we feel it to wi heart when wi hear di news sey police shot Kentucky Kid and kill him. Now we find it funny dat him a have a long standing case wid dem, whey one a dem lick up inna him car and a gwaan like sey dem doan waan teck responsibility. Pon top of it, them turn around and arrest him and chump up all kina charges and the Kid all have dem pon video when dem a manhandle him.


Di powers dat be never do nutten bout all a dem allegations deh, but now we a get report sey dem a look fi gun man and when dem come upon kid, him open fire fus pon dem and di fire return and him dead. Dem all claim sey dem find gun pon him.


Now whey wi waan fi know is, how come dem always suh lucky fi smady a open fire fus pon dem and not even a scratch dem nuh get, plus mi and unno know sey when gunman open fire pon police dem dead like dawg cause dem always teck dem off guard.


Jackass sey di world nuh level and a really true. Cause unno ever wonda why dem a kill nuff a di police man dem…a fi know di story behind some a dem death. Cause mi sey di wife fig uh a Japanese embassy wid di video and create a big stink bout har husband death. Jah know man, dis thing gone too far. Rest in peace yah Kentucky Kid.






Iley Dread for GT Taylor Christmas Extravaganza

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Singer Iley Dread has been added to the annual GT Taylor Christmas Extravaganza scheduled to be held at Independence Park, Black River, St Elizabeth on Christmas Day, December 25.


According to Iley fans can expect to hear songs from his new album Unleashed as well as some old favourites.


“I am looking forward to coming home and performing on stage in St Elizabeth,” said the singer who has been busy promoting his latest album Unleashed on the North American circuit.


With that out of the way and the good vibes he has been receiving from his latest single Are You Sure he can’t wait to hit the Jamaican stage.


Other artistes that are scheduled to be on the show are Marcia Griffiths, Buju Banton, Beenie Man, Tarrus Riley, Mr Vegas, Khago, G-Whizz , Sophia Squire along with some top sound systems.





Etana rocks St Vincent, Dominica on multi-island blitz

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With her newly-formed band, Strong Roots, behind her, Reggae singer Etana delivered powerful performances before thousands of fans in St Vincent and Dominica recently. These shows formed part of Etana’s promotional tour, which kicked off in November.
In addition to performing in St Vincent and Dominica, Etana also visited Guyana, Grenada, St Lucia and St Marteen on what was a 10-day island excursion.


During these performances, Etana belted out spirited renditions of her hits including Not Afraid, Roots, Warrior Love, Wrong Address and Jah Love among others. And her 45-minute set wouldn’t have been complete without the performance her latest songs August Town, Free and Happy Heart, which are at the centre of her promotional efforts.


At both shows, the swollen audience rocked relentlessly to Etana’s soul-tinged Reggae vibes. Not only was Etana a hit, Strong Roots was also a crowd pleaser, as they provided Etana with an impressive musical backdrop. This is just the beginning of this union, as Etana and Strong Roots are billed on a number of upcoming events in December.


“Performing before my Caribbean fans has been a warm, rewarding experience for me,” says Etana. “I was especially happy that I could bring my new band with me, as they allow me to creatively entertain my fans without boundaries.”


Following the performances, Etana continued her media-heavy visits to other islands where she interviewed with leading DJs and TV personalities. Her visits sparked quite an interest among media and fans alike, including a number of politicians. “The Strong One” also landed coverage in popular Caribbean print publications. Based on the turnout wherever Etana touched down, one thing was clear — she has a massive Caribbean fan base. Over and over again, DJs and fans credited Etana with being one of Jamaica’s best new artistes.
“This recent leg of Etana’s promotional tour was very worthwhile,” says Etana’s manager Garfield ‘Chin’ Bourne.


Etana returned to Jamaica for a number of performances during this season and the launch of her video contest on RETV, in which fans will be able to win top prizes including a lap top, blackberry and ipod, to name a few since November, Etana has been heavily marketing her three new songs. With videos set for release later this month, fans will have an opportunity to experience three distinct moods of the artiste. Etana is excited about her new music, which will help solidify her summer 2010 album release.





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

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Light


I trust the light of Spirit to show me the way.


Gazing at the flame of a candle can be a relaxing practice leading into deep meditation and contemplation. The light of the candle reflects the light of Spirit within me and reminds me of the spiritual light that shines within everyone.


I trust the light of Spirit to show me the way whenever life becomes complex or confusing. I become still inside, and when I do, I grow in my awareness of the flame that burns within me as life energy.


The light of Spirit transforms the thoughts I hold in mind, the words I speak and the actions I take. Spirit's light allows me to see the light in others and in myself and respond to life in a whole new way.


No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house.–Matthew 5:15
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Today's Daily Word - Thursday, December 10, 2009

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World Peace


The Christ is born anew in our hearts, our country and our world.


We join our hearts as one to create a new world. All possibilities for peace and prosperity are available to us as we release old patterns of behavior and overcome thoughts and actions that have divided us in the past. The Christ is born anew in our hearts and in our world.


We greet these new days with hope and love, trusting that our world leaders are being guided toward the highest good for all. The power of our hearts united is invincible. We move forward with the confidence, hope and strength borne of faith. The Christ is awakened and renewed in us, and we trust Spirit to lead us into bringing about a new world vision of peace.


You have been born anew, not of perishable but of imperishable seed, through the living and enduring word of God.--1 Peter 1:23
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CHINO- From mornin/Never Change

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Sounding off!!! Mavado and Kartel turn BFF

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For those of you who are not text message savvy, BFF means Best Friends Forever.


And that’s what it looks like from here. All of a sudden former arch rivals Vybz Kartel and Mavado are touching each other, shaking hands and smiling at each other … even laughing at each other’s jokes. All in an effort to demonstrate that they are chums .. friends … BBF’s.
But all this happens when the cameras are focused on them and they know that the world is watching. But what will it be like when there are no cameras and each of them returns to their natural habitat – whether it is the Gullyside or the Gaza?


Will they be ringing off each other’s cellies as they want to keep the talk and the peace process active. Will Gaza supporters start listening to songs by Mavado and vice versa? Will they be seen hanging out together backstage at the various shows on which they are both billed?


And where exactly does Alliance CEO Bounty Killer stand in all of this? And Ambassador Usain Bolt? Will he include some Gully songs on his iPod, and not just Empire tunes as he was reported as saying recently in the media?
Remember that this peace thing has happened before when Kartel and Mavado met in 2007 with Mark Shields.


This time around, after meeting with three government ministers and the Herro Blair from the Peace Management Initiative, we are hearing about painting out graffiti (they should ask LA Lewis to assist with this chore), recording a song together, T-shirts with both their images and … oh yes.. a peace concert.


It would be truly wonderful if this time around the peace would last.






Uganda debates death penalty proposal for gays

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Despite reports that Jamaica is the most homophobic place on earth, an report carried by the Associated Press would indicate that the treatment meted out to gays in the African state of Uganda makes Jamaica looks like the people there are playing dolly house.


Recently, legislation has been proposed that would impose the death penalty for some gay Ugandans and it doesn’t stop there. Their family and friends could face up to seven years in jail if they fail to report them to authorities.


Even landlords could be imprisoned for renting to homosexuals.


The measure was proposed in Uganda following a visit by leaders of US conservative Christian ministries that promote therapy for gays to become heterosexual.


The bill is still being debated and could undergo changes before a vote, which has not yet been set.


The Ugandan legislation in its current form would mandate a death sentence for active homosexuals living with HIV or in cases of same-sex rape. "Serial offenders" also could face capital punishment, but the legislation does not define the term. Anyone convicted of a homosexual act faces life imprisonment.


Anyone who "aids, abets, counsels or procures another to engage of acts of homosexuality" faces seven years in prison if convicted. Landlords who rent rooms or homes to homosexuals also could get seven years and anyone with "religious, political, economic or social authority" who fails to report anyone violating the act faces three years.


Gay rights activists abroad are focusing on the legislation. A protest against the bill is planned for tomorrow in London; protests were held last month in New York and Washington.


David Bahati, the legislator sponsoring the bill, said he was encouraging "constructive criticism" to improve the law, but insisted strict measures were necessary to stop homosexuals from "recruiting" schoolchildren.


"The youths in secondary schools copy everything from the Western world and America," said high school teacher David Kisambira. "A good number of students have been converted into gays. We hear there are groups of people given money by some gay organisations in developed countries to recruit youth into gay activities."


"I feel that the bill is good and necessary, but I don't think gays should be killed. They should be imprisoned for about a year and warned never to do it again. The family is in danger in Uganda because the rate at which the vice is spreading is appalling," said shopkeeper John Muwanguzi.


Uganda is not the only country considering anti-gay laws. Nigeria, where homosexuality is already punishable by imprisonment or death, is considering strengthening penalties for activities deemed to promote it. Burundi just banned same-sex relationships and Rwanda is considering it.





Asafa says he can beat Bolt

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Former 100 metre world record holder, Asafa Powell, who is now in Singapore, says he can beat the fastest man in the world, Usain Bolt.


In a story carried in the Associated Press (AP), Asafa is quoted as saying, “Usain is the target right now and I am shooting at him . I know that I can do it.”


Powell, who has run a personal best of 9.72 seconds in the 100 metres, will square off against Bolt and American Tyson Gay in the IAAF diamond League, a new circuit for the top tier of track and field starting in 2010, a year with no Olympics or World Cahmpionships on the schedule.


Bolt, the 100 and 200 metres world record holder and a three time Olympic champion, ran a record 9.58 seconds in Berlin in August, a mark Powell said can be beaten.


“I knew 9.5 was possible. I’m not sure 9.4 is possible, but I’m 100 per cent sure you will see some very fast times next year,” Powell is quoted as saying.


Tyson Gay ran 9.69 at Shanghai in September.


According to Powell, he has an advantage over Bolt because he’s “shorter than him.”


“So I can get out of the blocks faster. He’s taller so he’s stronger at the end,” Powell explained.





Meeting Held to Ease Gully Gaza Tension

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Minister with responsibility for information, Daryl Vaz has emphasized government's responsibility to intervene in the situation created by the Gully Gaza controversy which has resulted in tension between the fans of dancehall artistes Movado and Vybz Kartel.


Minister Vaz along with Minister of Education, Andrew Holness, Security Minister Dwight Nelson, representatives of the Ministry of Youth, Culture and Sports, head of the Peace Management Initiative, Hero Blaire, the National Transformation Programme, Rev Al Miller and others met at Jamaica House with dancehall artistes Movado and Vibes Kartel. Minister Vaz outlined the initiatives which were agreed on at this morning's meeting.


Dancehall artistes Movado and Vybz Kartel have made it clear that they are no enemies and it's just about the music.





What happen to Ninjaman?

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Big and serious, dem really nah let out Ninjaman outa di jail star? When you check it out him inside a di cell for a long time now. Yuh member one time Ninja did sey if dem lock him up him just a guh pretend sey him lock up inna him house and him last him key.


Well mi nuh tink sey no amount a pretending cause erase dis ya situation, cause him woulda haffi have a great imagination fi look past di amount a days whey him under lockup.


But di ting bout it is dat with Sting lineup suh lame, dem really need one big surprise fi rescue dem like di fact sey Ninja a go meck it a Sting.


Still wi nah too hold wi breath fi dah one yah.


But speaking a Sting, like how Vybz and Mavado sign peace treaty…a who a guh clash….and wi nah talk di comic strip ting wid Goofy and LA Lewis neither?





Super Plus nuh easy

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Bwoy, wi nah tell nuh lie, wi feel it to wi heart and soul when some women came on the television station and demonstrated about the fact that Super Plus May Pen still caan honour di redundancy cheque whey dem meck out to di employee dem after dem close di Supermarket.


According to the owner fid at branch, they are awaiting the payment from the sale of the place to honour the cheques, so wouldn’t it have made more sense to wait till money in the bank before issuing the cheques?


Oooh boy…hus yah ladies, Life soon sort out.





Laden back in court for foul language

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Dancehall artiste, Okefe Aarons more popularly known as Laden appeared in the Santa Cruz Petty Sessions Court Tuesday to answer charges of indecent language and disorderly conduct.


Laden was arrested and charged on May 27 this year, after he verbally abused a police sergeant in Junction, St. Elizabeth.


However, the case was postponed several times, the latest being last month.


It is reported that the police sergeant was chiding a school girl in uniform who was in the company of a group of men including Laden long after school hours.


Laden allegedly intervened and verbally abused the policeman claiming that the girl was his sister and the men were his friends.


He was taken into custody and charged.


Laden has pleaded not guilty to the charges.





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

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Grace


I am blessed by the grace of God.


Holiday joy is in the air--my home decorated for the season, children radiating their excitement and expectation, holiday parties and programs planned. But there are times when the joy of the season eludes me. Perhaps I've experienced the loss of a loved one or I am missing family members far away.


At such times I turn within and affirm the power of God's grace to bless me. It is the love of God that fills my life with joy and peace. It is the grace of God that blesses me in ways beyond what I have asked for, beyond my hopes and expectations. My faith in God invites divine grace to inspire me with love, joy and contentment this holiday season.


I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus.--1 Corinthians 1:4
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Scenes from Hot Mondays

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Gays attack Buju’s Grammy nomination

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Internet reports are indicating that the Grammy Awards has been receiving quite a bit of backlash from the gay community for nominating Reggae singer Buju Banton’s Rasta Got Soul, in the Best Reggae Album category.


One such group, The Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center, notes that it is rather upset at what it calls, “the appalling Grammy nomination for Buju Banton, a performer whose music promotes the violent murder of LGBT people.” The Center further states that they, “hope the members of the Recording Academy will not bestow the prestigious honour of a Grammy on someone whose music promotes murder.”


“We’re shocked that Buju Banton, a singer with a long record of performing a song that glorifies the murder of gay people, would be honoured with a Grammy nomination, regardless of the artistic merit of any of his work,” said Jim Key, the Center’s Chief Public Affairs Officer.


In October, following the cancellation of a number of stops on his Rasta Got Soul tour of the US, the deejay met with GLBT equality advocates, who had asked him to stop performing the song and to speak out for gay rights in Jamaica, Buju did not agree to their stipulations.


The groups have also begun to appeal the Grammy voters not to support the nomination.


The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center states, “We certainly hope the members of the Recording Academy will not bestow the prestigious honour of a Grammy on someone whose music promotes murder.”







PepsiCo statement on anti-gay Uganda concert


I emailed the media folks at PepsiCo about their sponsorship of the anti-gay concert in Uganda. Here’s their response:


Dear Jennifer,
In response to your article, Did Pepsi sponsor an anti-gay concert in Uganda? (http://www.365gay.com/news/vanasco-did-pepsi-sponsor-an-anti-gay-concert-in-uganda/), I wanted to provide you with this official statement on behalf of PepsiCo:


“We are appalled by the performer’s lyrics and find them repugnant. Our bottling partner in Uganda was not aware of the performer’s views and never would have sponsored the concert with this knowledge. Moving forward, we will work closely with our bottling partners to be more vigilant about the events associated with our brands.”


Please let me know if you need anything further.





People a cuss bout Gaza/gully meeting

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Mi sey from di news buss sey di PM a guh meet wid Vybz and Mavado bout dem long standing feud di whole Jamaica cuss. Nuff a dem sey dem lose offa di PM.


According to dem look how crime a rip di country apart and di govt caan find nuh solution but a two artiste whey shoulda know better dem a extend a whole heap a energy inna.


Fi real dough, it look like dem a validate di foolishness dat is dancehall. Why dem a meck dem feel more important dan whey dem tink dey be for.


Jah know hiya it dread cause di police force need help, dem fi call out di soldier dem fi deal wid di crime, big shoot out a Ocho Rios yesterday and all dese tings and di best dem can do is siddung with Gully/Gaza with peace initiative members…no wonder di country inna dis ya state.


Di meeting supposed to happen this morning so listen out.





Today's Daily Word - Tuesday, December 8, 2009

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Faith


I move confidently in the direction of my good.


Setting out on her journey, the young Mary may not have been sure where she would stay or how she would give birth, but Mary had faith that God would provide.


I may not always know how things will work out, but faith sets my feet confidently on the path to my good. With each step I affirm God's strength within me and God's wisdom guiding me. My faith in God's power is greater than any fear or doubt based on outer conditions of employment, finances, health or relationships. When I am uncertain, I quiet my thoughts, knowing the still, small voice within will direct me.


God's desire for me is only good. In faith I move confidently in the direction of my good.


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gully / gaza peace!! at West Kingston Jambaree 2k9

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Scenes from Wet Sundays

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PM to meet with Kartel, Mavado tomorrow

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Prime Minister Bruce Golding is to meet with dancehall artistes Vybz Kartel and Mavado tomorrow as part of ongoing efforts to put an end to the rift among supporters of the two performers.


The feud between Kartel’s Gaza and Mavado’s Gully alliances has spilled over into some schools with resulting violence among students.


Information Minister, Daryl Vaz said the meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m.


He also said a peace concert; involving performances by the two artistes could be on the agenda.


The feud between the two groups is said to have started three years ago.


Only recently Mavado whose real name is David Brooks, extended an invitation to Kartel – Adija Palmer.


However, that invitation to appear at the same stage show was rejected until this morning when the two performed at a show in West Kingston.





Did Bounty Killer dis the peace process?

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Blazing on stage after this morning, Alliance CEO Bounty Killer set West Kingston Jamboree on fire as he dug into his repertoire from the good ole day of Dave Kelly and reeled off hit after hit.


Then the Killer took his lyrics into the present and turned his arsenal on “the bleach out face bwoy”, which everyone knows is his way of referring to his nemesis, Vybz Kartel.


For Killer, it was business as usual, and he saw no need to put a brakes on his attacking lyrics, even though deejays Vybz Kartel and Killer’s protégé, Mavado, had already signed a peace treaty backstage.


Unconfirmed reports are that Bounty Killer also refused to shake Kartel’s hand as a gesture of peace and goodwill.





That Gaza/Gully peace treaty and Sting

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So people, like how the Gaza and the Gully no longer at war what a go happen a Sting??? Of course we haffi big up Kartel and Mavado fi really shake hand and turn friend again, but everybody know say dem did a come under nuff pressure from police and government so dem never really have no choice.


Anyway, we still a ask how di clash a go go at Sting! Did somebody say no Gaza/Gully war; No Sting?


Well, there’s always LA Lewis and Goofy and we hear some lickle rumble a gwaan with Ele and Flippa like sumptin’ coulda happen.


Missa Laing, you need more than a rabbit foot fi give you di luck fi pull of this one. You need a whole hutch full a rabbit.





Gully/Gaza at peace

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Mavado, Kartel perform together at West Kingston Jamboree


In a groundbreaking move designed to ease the tension between supporters of Gully God Mavado and his arch rival Vybz Kartel the Gaza President, the two artistes this morning shook hands and performed together on stage.


All this unfolded about 6:00 am in Tivoli at the annual West Kingston Jamboree staged by Presidential Click.


“The promoters called Vybz and Mavado together before they went on stage and talked to them. They shook hands backstage and when it was time to perform they both went on stage and did songs together,” a YardFlex source disclosed.


Naturally, it was pandemonium as the excitement level reached fever pitch and fans loudly showed their wholehearted approval for this gesture.


Things intensified when Vybz Kartel looked at Mavado and called him “my brother”, after which they brought the curtain down in fine style.





Meeting under the clock

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Vybz Kartel and Mavado will be making a symbolic peace meeting under the Half-Way-Tree clock at noon on Wednesday.


According to Vybz “Let it be known that in a gesture of goodwill, faith and patriotism that I, Adidja Palmer, will be making myself available on Wednesday of next week, December 9 to stand with David Brooks, in HWT, at noon, under the famous clock to show Jamaica that we're patriotic Jamaicans and as such, are bound to secure the well-being of such. I am calling on the relevant authorities who also have a stake in resolving this public feud to endeavour to make it happen in a peaceful, organised manner.”


Reports in the media also indicate that it’s a possibility that neither Vybz nor Mavado will perform on Sting unless the so called feud between them is resolved.





Nutten Super bout Bolt party

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Yardflex went to Richmond Estate in St Ann to check out the Super 9.58 party and we have to report that we were sadly let down. We were expecting something well organized and flowing but instead it seemed there was some more planning to be done.


Take for example the running order of the show, it was big name then, rising star, then dancer, then big name, then little name. It seemed as if they were just calling the performers at random.


Then to top it off the show kicked off over one hour and fifteen minutes late and then they are getting upset when police lock it off minutes after four.


Vybz Kartel didn’t work because he turned up at the venue minutes to four…well at least that’s when we noticed him backstage, so if he wanted to work, why didn’t he come about 2:00 am and do his thing? We can’t blame the police for doing their jobs in calling the show to a halt. They got until 2:00 am with two more hours grace period and made poor choices with it.


A tighter shift, artistes working in their slots and everyone would have been happy. 4:00 am was a good time for any show to be finished.


Inspite of all that there were some good performances coming from artistes like The Dream, Ludacris, Marcia Griffiths, dancer Mystic, Etana, Elephant Man and Christopher Martin.





Grammy Hall of Fame for Bob Marley

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Recordings by the Beach Boys, Bob Marley, the Doors, James Brown and Janis Joplin have been named as 2010 inductees to the Grammy Hall of Fame. Twenty-five recordings from a variety of genres will be added to the Grammy Hall, which currently includes 851 titles altogether (songs are eligible 25 years after release and the picks are approved by Recording Academy Trustees). The Doors’ L.A. Woman closer “Riders on the Storm,” Joplin’s final album Pearl and the Beach Boys’ classic “California Girls” will be among the recordings added to the collection.


“This year’s Grammy Hall Of Fame inductees highlight a diverse array of masterpiece recordings that have had a profound impact on our musical history,” Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow said in a statement. “The selections are timeless staples that span six decades and represent a wide range of genres from comedy to rock, reggae, jazz and R&B. They all greatly deserve to be memorialized.”






Mighty Crown wins two clashes on Dynasty World Tour

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When Far East Rulers Mighty Crown announced plans for their Dynasty World Tour in celebration of their latest Nike sneaker, the requests for clash dates came pouring in.


Anxious to ‘warr’ again, Mighty Crown accepted some clashes, along with a number of juggling dates. Notably, Mighty Crown’s recent holiday set of performances on the tour yielded two wins (in Canada and Atlanta) and a landmark juggling set in New York.


In Canada, Mighty Crown took on the likes of Roots Man and Lexxus Supreme in the heavily-promoted ‘Three the Hard Way’ clash. Despite some time out of the clash arena, Mighty Crown proved themselves capable against their competitors and the selectors showed the real meaning of the ‘mighty’ in Mighty Crown.


As a cushion between the two clashes on the line-up, the sound breezed through New York and left a lasting impression on dancehall fans at Steelie Bashment’s annual fete, which they totally sold out.
Mighty Crown continued their momentum on Thanksgiving night in Atlanta when they faced off against popular African sound Shashamane.


Mighty Crown’s Dynasty World Tour kicked off in October 2009.
“The Crown’s Nike sneaker was a hit, selling out quickly in every venue and online. The limited edition kicks are now a collector’s item,” said Crown’s manager Garfield ‘Chin’ Bourne of Irish and Chin.
Recently, Mighty Crown has eyed competing against big local sounds. This choice is not without merit. “I like the concept of Mighty Crown clashing with local sounds, as it helps introduce Mighty Crown to the next generation of clash fans. Many top local sounds have strong fan bases of young people....I want Crown to appeal to them,” Chin said.


Mighty Crown still has tour dates lined up in Europe later this month and in February 2010. Meanwhile, March/April 2010 will land Mighty Crown in the Caribbean and select cities in the US.





Today's Daily Word - Monday, December 7, 2009

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Admiration


With prayer as my practice and Spirit as my guide, I respond to life in mindful ways.


I admire those who have acted courageously and honorably under difficult circumstances, and I am thankful for all those whose lives have made a difference in the world and in my life.


My admiration for others reminds me to act wisely and courageously when faced with a challenge. I, too, can be of service to those unable to help themselves or those who need encouragement. With prayer as my practice and Spirit as my guide, I know what to do and how to respond in mindful, effective ways.


I honor every life given in service to others, and I honor every life lived in alignment with the guidance of Spirit. To everyone who has acted selflessly, I say, "Thank you!"


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Scences from Usain Bolt 9.58 Super Party

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270,000 gay, bisexual people living in Jamaica

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With the release of one whole album full of photographs of recent rise to fame cross-dresser who goes by the name Barbee, JFlag has announced that there are up to 270,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people living in Jamaica


According to the representative from the Jamaica Forum for Lesbians All-Sexuals and Gays (JFlag) this figure represents between three to 10 per cent of the population. Of that figure a "smaller percentage" are transgendered persons which includes transvestites (cross-dressers) and transsexuals (surgical augmentation).


What JFlag didn’t say, however, was whether or not this whopping figure represents persons who are born Jamaican, or if it includes homosexuals of other nationalities who are residing in Jamaica.


JFlag added that transgendered persons are stepping out, but fear prevents them from fully expressing their gender identity.


Cross-dresser Barbie, who rose to fame when she was caught in a compromising situation and while at the police station it was revealed that the woman in the batty rider shorts, the close fitting blouse and the ‘Beyonce’ shoes was actually a man, has since circulated a slew of pictures in all different poses, dressed in fashionable, up-to-the-minute female garments.


The fashionable Barbie however was not alone and posed with two cross-dressing friends. All three were dressed for the spotlight with big hair and tiny skirts and tops. The photos made headlines because Jamaica is arguably the most homophobic country in the western hemisphere. Proponents of this view cite gay murders and attacks but opponents counter stating that most of these murders are committed by gays in crimes of passion.


JFlag added that transgendered persons have the right to freely exist in Jamaican society.





Dudus not in hiding, says attorney

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In what is certainly an unprecedented move, the lawyer for Christopher 'Dudus' Coke, has come out in defence of his client and has tried to separate fact from fiction and the man from the myth.


According to prominent attorney Tom Tavares-Finson, who has worked on many extradition cases, Dudus -- who is facing extradition to the United States of America on drugs and weapons trafficking charges -- is “no idiot”, and is not in hiding. He is going about his everyday business, Tavares-Finson is reported as saying.


In an interview with a daily newspaper, Tavares-Finson said Dudus is busy planning his Christmas treat for the children in Tivoli Gardens, his headquarters. The treat is scheduled to take place today (Sunday).


The diminutive Dudus has been described as an “ordinary Jamaican” who wants the best for himself, his community and his family and who recognises and accepts the influence he has. He is credited with directing the transformation of western Kingston and a large part of the Corporate area.


Part of the 'law' of sections of the Kingston Western constituency is that no schoolchildren should be on the streets after 8:00 pm on weekdays, and loud music must not be played to disturb children or residents beyond certain times.


Dudus is the son of the late Lester Lloyd Coke, aka Jim Brown, reputed to be a political enforcer whose business empire was built from the proceeds of drugs and weapons trafficking. He was also a founding member of the infamous Shower Posse -- a ruthless criminal network which was headquartered in Tivoli Gardens in the 1980s and which United States authorities say may be responsible for as many as 1,000 drug-related deaths in its heyday.


Coke’s death during a mysterious fire at the island’s general penitentiary is still under debate, with some persons saying the fire was just a smokescreen to get the strongman out of Jamaica.


Dudus, who would have been an infant in 1980, inherited that legacy, which has seen the murder of his elder brother, Mark 'Jah T' Coke..


"I think the influence he has is borne out of a recognition that criminality and tribal politics take you and your community and your family nowhere," reasoned Tavares-Finson. "It serves the interest of someone; it does not serve the interest of persons in the inner city.”





Xtra’s boutique boss, Sandy Supersad laid to rest

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Sandra 'Sandy' Supersad, late general manager of Xtra’s boutique was laid to rest at a solemn ceremony at the Stella Maris Church in St Andrew on Thursday.


The church was overflowing with family members and friends who had come to pay their final respects to the 42-year-old Supersad who was gunned down recently on Waterloo Close in Kingston while sitting in her motor vehicle..


Sandy, as she was affectionately called, was described as a kind and caring sister, mother and friend, "The lady was just different she was a lady who set an example for her children she always had a smile on her face," one friend said.


The service of thanksgiving was officiated by Reverend, Michael Lewis who told the congregation that while family members mourned, they could be comforted with the fact that Supersad had given her life to God.


He said that because of this selfless act he was confident that she was in heaven among angels.


He however went on to lash out at the lack of love that was in the society.


“It is full time people who have become too accustomed to nonsense," said the Lewis as he called on persons in society to make a stand.


And while the Reverend spoke many tried hard to hide their pain but it was when friend, Heather Cummings did her rendition of You Raised Me Up was when the tears started to flow.





Today's Daily Word - Sunday, December 6, 2009

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Inner Peace


I express peace and serenity in thought, word and action.


While sitting alone in a quiet place, I enter into the silence for my daily time of meditation. I embrace the peace and serenity within me and around me. If there are noises or disturbances, I am not bothered. I visualize the presence of God within the space. I envision the light of God above me and below me, before me and behind me.


I see myself and those I love in the center of this light, in the midst of God's enfoldment, surrounded by everlasting peace. My body, mind and spirit are quiet and peaceful.


When I am ready, I go back to the activities of my day and carry with me the experience of inner peace by expressing peace and serenity in all I think, say and do.


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Scences from Blits Tuesdays @ Pure Plush

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Today's Daily Word - Saturday, December 5, 2009

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Making Memories


I express the love of God in all I do.


Throughout the Christmas season, I have opportunities to make each day memorable, creating my own collection of holiday memories. Whether I store them in a scrapbook or simply hold them in my heart, I will have special images to last a lifetime.


Perhaps I can begin by volunteering in my community or baking cookies with a neighbor or friend. Some gestures may be small, others large, but all my activities are heart-filled. Everything I do is an opportunity to express God's joy and love in the world.
Each day I strive to do something special for myself and others. Each lovely memory is a gift we share.


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Scences from Giveaway Wednesday

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Scenes from Flex Video Launch Party

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Scences from Weddy Weddy

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YardFlex Top 10 Chart

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Protest pon di Gullyside

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Supporters of dancehall deejay Mavado armed themselves with placards and took to the streets on Thursday to protest against a decision by the security forces not to allow the artiste to keep his birthday party at Temple Hall on Saturday night.


Following weeks of advertisement about the December 5 bash, which should have seen the likes of international act Bobby Valentino as one of the special guests, the police made a final decision not to grant the promoters the permit.


Not even a letter by the culture minister could change the decision.
The protestors shouted ‘bias’ and ‘bad mine’ as they noted that the SuperParty being staged by Usain Bolt was not targeted, even though Mavado’s arch rival, Vybz Kartel will be in attendance.


According to unconfirmed reports, the police have said that Kartel and Mavado will not be allowed to perform at any shows during this period, while the Gully/Gaza strife is active.


Five men were reportedly detained following the demnstration, which was not given the green light by the artiste. Both Mavado and his publicist, Julian Jones-Griffiths say they were not aware of any plans for the demonstration and called on the protesters to go home.
The event has since been relocated to the Building in New Kingston, formerly Asylum.





Cops protecting gangsters

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Acting Police Commissioner Owen Ellington on Thursday revealed a disturbing trend in which law enforcement officials are acting as body guards for gang members.


Mr. Ellington made the revelation at a press conference following reports that not one, but two policemen were involved in a bizarre shoot-out in Clarendon Wednesday morning.


The incident involved a running gun-battle between members of the Portmore, St. Catherine based Boston Gang, one of whom appears to have employed a policeman as part of his security detail.


The policeman was said to be escorting the Boston Gang members to and from court.


Acting Police Commissioner Ellington told journalists Thursday afternoon that the policeman was not the only cop allegedly involved in the case.


"Following this shooting incident, searches conducted by the police turned up a number of individuals among which are two policemen, one from the Jamaica Constabulary Force and the other from the Island Special Constabulary Force (ISCF). Investigations are continuing and those will either prove or disprove the involvement of either individual in criminal activities," he said.







Acting Commissioner of Police, Owen Ellington, is seeking public support for his efforts to root out corrupt members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).


"I am pleading with members of the public to assist us in rooting out these individuals from among the ranks of force," the Acting Commissioner told a press briefing at his office, Old Hope Road, Kingston, Thursday (December 3).


"Anything that you regard as inappropriate police behaviour, we are pleading with you to call us at the 1-800-corrupt number and report it," Mr. Ellington said.


He added that the toll free number was a "very secure medium" for communicating with the JCF, as it has never been compromised and has proven to be a very successful way of getting intelligence and information on police who have crossed the line.


The briefing followed reports overnight that at least two policemen - one each from the Jamaica Constabulary Force and the Island Special Constabulary Force (ISCF) - were allegedly caught protecting criminal elements involved in Wednesday's gun battle between rival gangsters in Clarendon.


Mr. Ellington said that, based on the high command's assessment of occurrences over the past two days, it appeared that a trend had developed in which criminal elements from the Corporate Area and St. Catherine, who run afoul of the law in rural parishes, have been recruiting armed police personnel to accompany them to court to face the charges.


"I think because of their criminal activities, they perceive a higher than normal level of threats on their lives and so they see the need to engage security," he said.


"The regrettable aspect of this is that, policemen are making themselves available to provide armed coverage for some of these individuals, and that is exposing not just them to personal injury and death, but is also threatening to cause serious reputational damage to the Jamaica Constable Force," the Acting Commissioner said.


He stated that the development was very disturbing to him, and he was seriously concerned about an apparent escalation in the number of police involved with the criminal gangs, and the serious reputational damage which it threatens.


"I am therefore issuing a warning to all members - policemen, policewomen, members of the JCF, the Island Special Constabulary Force or the rural police force - to stop associating themselves with criminals and armed gangs. And I am very serious about this," he warned.


"I want to state categorically that, as long as I am in charge, I will use every lawful means at my disposal to find those individuals and get rid of them from the JCF, on the grounds that they have lost my confidence, as Commissioner, and they have lost the moral authority to continue serving the public," he said.


He said that the Police High Command will make no distinction between police and criminal elements in pursuing police personnel who have become involved with criminal gangs.





Homosexual lover refuses to press charges

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A man who was blinded by his friend during a domestic dispute, on Thursday drew the ire of a Magistrate when he insisted that he did not want to press charges, despite the seriousness of the injuries.


Claude Pryce told Magistrate Georgiana Fraser that he did not want to pursue the case against his friend, Arthur McTaggart, 32.


Mr. Pryce whose eyes were gouged out by Mr. McTaggart told Magistrate Fraser that he wanted to end the matter and move on.


But the Magistrate would have none of it and told him that he has to attend court to give testimony.


Mr. Pryce shot back that he has the "constitutional right" not to pursue the case, but the Magistrate warned him that she will not hesitate to issue a warrant for his arrest if he refuses to attend court to give testimony.


Mr. Pryce, who wore a pair of dark glasses, was led into court with the assistance of a relative.


He was told to return to court on December 10 when the preliminary enquiry into the incident should start.


Mr. McTaggart is charged with unlawful wounding and assault occasioning grievous bodily harm.


It is reported that on November 22, both men who lived together at Calabar Mews were involved in a fight during which, Mr. McTaggart gouged out the eyes of his room mate who he also pepper sprayed.


Mr. McTaggart then went to the Constant Spring Police Station to report the matter.


The injured man was taken to hospital where he was admitted.


The police decided to press charges despite Mr. Pryce's wishes.





Guyana to enforce “no pregnancy” rule

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Guyanese authorities have announced that they are adopting a hard line on female scholarship awardees getting pregnant.


They have warned that those who become pregnant can expect to have their scholarships revoked.


The policy is based on one of the stipulations linked to scholarships being made available to Guyana by Cuba.


The Cubans contend that they are spending money to educate people, not for their studies to be disrupted by pregnancy and child rearing.


Guyana's Public Service Minister Dr. Jennifer Westford said at least eight students became pregnant between 2007 and 2008 in violation of a Code of Conduct laid down by the Cuban authorities.


So far this year, no Guyanese student has reported pregnant and the minister sees this as an indication that warnings to parents and students on the matter are being taken seriously.


Dr. Westford said if students with Cuban scholarships do not stick to the "no pregnancy rule", their scholarships will be revoked.


"We cannot (and) we will not tell people you cannot have sex ... what we will tell is that you cannot get pregnant on our scholarships because you're not going to be allowed to continue. We do not send children to study, we send adults and we expect you, as adults, to behave in a certain manner," she said.


However, it has been discovered that Cuba can ask the Guyanese Government to allow students with exceptionally good academic performance to return one year after the pregnancy to continue their studies.


Dr. Westford, a Cuban trained medical doctor, said Guyanese students getting pregnant in Cuba, raises concerns about the effectiveness of HIV/AIDS awareness campaigns





She do it again … she beat him!

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What really a gwaan with poor Tiger Woods? After days of silence, the golfer finally come out with apology to him wife and everybody else pon di planet and so the speculation really start now if a really beat the wife did beat him. Cause it did look so strange bout she haffi break out back glass of SUV to help him come out of the vehicle. And him still don’t say where him was going at 2:30 in the morning, two days after story buss inna gossip magazine bout him affair with a next girl. And now one next girl again a say how she a go sell story to media bout some text that Tiger did send her. Bwoy, Tiger, you cawna look dark. Ou better come a JA come cool out fi a while.





And the nominees are:

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• Rasta Got Soul, Buju Banton (Gargamel Music, Inc)


• Brand New Me, Gregory Isaacs (Tad’s Record)


• Imperial Blaze, Sean Paul (VP/Atlantic)


• Awake, Julian Marley (Ghetto Youths/Tuff Gong/Universal Republic);


• Mind Control — Acoustic, Stephen Marley (Ghetto Youths/Tuff Gong/Universal Republic)


It's good to know that not even the constant protests of the gays could prevent Buju from being among the top contenders for the Grammy.


Gregory Isaacs nomination makes it number three...it's left to be seen if three times will be the charm. Sean Paul already copped the coveted award...will he repeat the feat?







It was excitement galore on the grounds of Mega Mart in New Kingston on Wednesday as the police apprehended a man who had stolen the car of the brother of world famous track and field star, Usain Bolt.


Reports are that Bolt’s brother’s car was stolen as he and two friends were leaving a popular spot on Holborn Road in New Kingston on Wednesday night.


The three armed men are alleged to have tied up Mr. Bolt and then made off with his vehicle. It is not clear if the men who tied him up knew that he was the brother of the sprint star.


Anyway, unknown to the robbers, the vehicle was installed with a King Alarm tracking device, and by the time a report was made to the police, the Flying Squad led by Cornwall ‘Bigga’ Ford, set things in motion and soon had the location of the vehicle. Once that was established, the cops chased the car and struck gold when the robbers drove onto the Mega Mart Waterloo Road premises, causing quite a stir as shoppers were going about their business.


The man, who is said to be a notorious car thief, was cornered and had no choice but to give up himself to the police. His cronies are now being sought by the police.





Too many glitches as Tempo turns four

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It was more glitches than glamour as Tempo kicked off its fourth anniversary celebrations on the island of St. Croix.


Yardflex was bombarded with calls regarding the TT4 show. Inside sources told Yardflex that the Governor of the 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 complained of 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 the performance from Grammy winning deejay, Shabba Ranks. The Ranks, However, had to wait his turn and patrons had to endure the long speeches (The same speech given at every Tempo event so far) by Mr. Tempo, who was obviously trying to kill the already lazy vibes.. 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 5:00 am 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.





Chris Brown for 'Good Morning America'

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Reports are that singer Chris Brown is all set to appear on ABC's 'Good Morning America' to address the physical altercation between himself and Rihanna and and perform songs off his upcoming 'Graffiti' album.
According to reports the 20-year-old's appearance on the show is causing controversy. "Chris Brown's interview is to give him a chance to respond to Rihanna's interview," an insider told the New York Post. "GMA hopes his appearance could provide a ratings boost, just like Rihanna's 'GMA' interview earlier this month."


Brown will sit down with 'GMA' anchor Robin Roberts, who recently snagged pop icon Janet Jackson's first television interview following the death of her brother, Michael. The interview also comes on the heels of a canceled appearance by 'American Idol' alum, Adam Lambert, whose male-on-male sexually explicit performance at this year's American Music Awards caused him to be dropped from the morning show. "The network is giving a mixed message," said a source at ABC. "It doesn't trust someone who shocked with an unpredictable show and a gay kiss, but then it is happy to go ahead with Chris Brown, who was convicted of felony assault."


Since assaulting Rihanna in February, Brown has given a handful of television and radio interviews in which he explained parts of the incident but continues to steer clear of going too much into detail. "I don't feel like it's appropriate for me to speak on what actually happened on that night, just out of respect for Rihanna and myself," he told CNN's Larry King in an interview in September. He has also been getting back into the swing of things, promoting his album, and embarking on a Fan Appreciation Tour, as a thank you to all who stood behind him after the incident. Additionally Brown was sentenced to five years probation, 180-days of community labor, must complete a domestic violence class and is to stay away from Rihanna. At his first hearing since being sentenced, a Los Angeles judge gave Brown favorable reviews for keeping up with his legal obligations.






Volunteering For Our Planet

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"Our planet needs more than just action by Governments and corporations; it needs each of us. When billions of people join forces in common purpose we can make a tremendous difference." ----UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
COUNT YOUR CONTRIBUTION UNTIL 5 DECEMBER 2009


Our planet is changing and every hour counts. We want to know how many hours you spend Volunteering for our Planet between 5 June and 5 December 2009.


If we're going to cope with climate change, everybody needs to get involved. So the United Nations Volunteers programme is Volunteering for our Planet - and we'd like you to join us.


This web page is tracking voluntary efforts to adapt, innovate and mitigate environmental issues. We need to know how much time you have volunteered since World Environment Day, 5 June, and how much more time you will volunteer by International Volunteer Day, 5 December.


Help us send a message to the delegates of the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, that people around the world are concerned and also willing to take direct action. We will report the total hours that you others volunteer for our planet to demonstrate that people are volunteering for this cause.


Volunteers started the global environmental movement and we are an essential part of the solution to climate change. So pledge your time and energy, contribute your thoughts, and be inspired by the ideas and actions of others!


Volunteering for Our Planet is an initiative of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme. UNV is the UN organization that promotes volunteerism to support peace and development worldwide.


Volunteerism can transform the pace and nature of development and it benefits both society at large and the individual volunteer. UNV contributes to peace and development by advocating for volunteerism globally, encouraging partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming, and mobilizing volunteers.





Today's Daily Word - Friday, December 4, 2009

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Courage


With the courage of God, I take charge of my life.


Though I cannot control every circumstance in my life, I can choose my perception and response in every situation. My only challenge may be my own fear-based thoughts of lack and limitation. When I courageously decide to look at things differently, I realize I have all I need to overcome any seeming difficulty.


I affirm this truth: The presence and power of God are with me and within me always. In God, I have the qualities and resources, the strength and courage to take charge of my thoughts and my life. I claim and realize the good in every situation. Blessed with the power to choose how I show up in life, I am confident and courageous every day.


Be strong and of good courage, and act. Do not be afraid or dismayed; for the Lord God, my God, is with you.--1 Chronicles 28:20
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Today's Daily Word - Thursday, December 3, 2009

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One With God


I am one with God every moment of every day.


What does it mean to be one with God? Is it a feeling in my heart? Is it an assurance deep within my soul? Perhaps it is an inner knowing that, regardless of appearances or circumstances, I am one with the peaceful, all-providing presence of God.


The word oneness implies a sense of belonging. I belong with God. I am one with the spirit of God, the Spirit that is forever guiding me, protecting me and strengthening me in mind and body. My oneness with God assures me that I am never alone. I am one with God day and night. Knowing that God is with me and within me, I feel safe and connected, healthy and whole, assured of peace in all situations.
He came to her and said, "Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you."--Luke 1:28


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CHERINE IS THE 'BUZZZ' THIS HOLIDAY

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Dancehall-Soulstress Cherine Anderson is the Nov/Dec cover girl for BUZZZ Caribbean Lifestyle Magazine. In a nine page spread Jamaica's "it" songstress turns the heat up with sexier, fiercer fashion and make-up that makes you say WOW. She also talks with Lifestyle Editor Tyrone Reid about love, her upcoming debut album, family and being all over the Billboard charts.


The young fashionista worked with a complete Jamaican team to achieve the looks and was very happy with the outcome . Her glam squad included respected Jamaican photographer Dwayne Watkins, make-up artist Donnette Bacchas and stylists Ali Lue, Michael Atkinson and Duane Bennett . She rocks one-of-a-kind pieces from a few designers including the talented Reve Jewelry and Ali Lue Couture.


As an added bonus take your copy of BUZZZ magazine to the upcoming Usain Bolt 9.58 Charity Party this weekend and get it autographed by Anderson. BUZZZ Christmas edition is now available in stores across Jamaica and the Caribbean . GET YOUR COPY NOW!!!





Tiger Woods' alleged mistress resonds

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Tiger & RachelTiger Woods' alleged mistress claims she was lying when she said she did not have an affair with Tiger Woods ... and sources tell TMZ the fight at Tiger's home the morning of the crash was triggered by a series of text messages between Tiger and the woman.


Rachel Uchitel has publicly denied she had sexual relations with Tiger Woods, but we've learned she has said she did indeed have an affair with the golfer. And, we're told it was her -- not Jaimee Grubbs -- who caused an argument between Tiger and his wife, Elin Nordegren, that immediately preceded Tiger's SUV crash.


Sources say less than an hour before Tiger's accident, Rachel and Tiger were texting each other. Elin confronted Tiger and asked whom he was texting. She grabbed the phone and we're told she called Rachel to confront her. According to sources, Tiger and Elin began arguing and the phone broke in the process.


We're also told there was damage as a result of the altercation in the vestibule area of Tiger's home -- damage that cannot be easily repaired, and that is why Tiger would not let police come in.


Uchitel's lawyer, Gloria Allred, will hold a news conference today at 11:30 AM PT with Uchitel present.





New venue for Mavado Birthday bash

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The birthday bash for deejay Mavado will not be held at Temple Hall Estate in St Andrew. The police have upheld their decision not to grant a permit, forcing the organisers to move the event, scheduled for this Saturday, to The Building in New Kingston, formerly the Asylum nightclub.


A release from Mavado’s publicist, Julian Jones-Griffiths, states that despite their best efforts and a series of appeals, the event has had to be shifted to this indoor venue. He states that the police have stated a number of reasons for denying the permit.


• The Stony Hill area has been seeing an upsurge in shootings and murders in recent times.


• The conflict with Mavado and Vybz Kartel — Gully/Gaza situation is of great concern as persons loyal to one or the other might create problems.


• The likelihood of persons from Cassava Piece and Grants Pen following this artiste to the area.


• The strong possibility of gunfire at this function.


• The increase traffic congestion.


• Loud noise nuisance


• The inability of the police to effectively monitor the function.





Scenes from Hill Top Tuesdays

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Hottie Hottie of the Week

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Fire at Wray & Nephew

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There was a massive fire at Wray and Nephew last night. Emergency crews had a hard task on their hands as they fought huge fire massive which started in a section of Wray and Nephew Limited on Spanish Town Road in Kingston.


The cause of the fire which started about 6:00 pm Tuesday is not yet known but it is confined to the rear of the property where the barrels for rum are made.


Thankfully no one was injured in the blaze.


An official at the company says the blaze has not affected its stock of liquor.
Seven fire units from the York Park and Trench Town Fire Stations are trying to put out the blaze.


Incidentally on the very night of the fire Wray and Nephew had their media appreciation party scheduled to be held at the Constant Spring Golf Club.





Jamaican Jailed In Immigration Marriage Scam

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A Jamaican woman who took part in a massive marriage scam in the West Midlands was today sentenced to 12 months imprisonment at Birmingham Crown Court.


“This was a serious and organised attempt to facilitate illegal entry into the UK. All of the people who have been convicted were in it for either personal profit or to secure a UK passport” – Gail Adams, Regional Director, UK Border Agency


Verona Walters, 33, of Birmingham New Road, Coseley was convicted after pleading guilty to conspiracy to facilitate a breach of immigration law.


She was arrested on 16 September 2009 at a training centre in Wolverhampton as part of an operation carried out by the UK Border Agency’s immigration crime team and West Midlands police.


Walters was one of five women, all Jamaican nationals, arrested by immigration and police officers during a series of raids across Birmingham and the Black Country.


The swoops in September were part of an ongoing investigation into ‘marriages of convenience’, otherwise known as sham marriages, organised by Venrick Clarke.


The 50-year-old, from Oldbury, was last year jailed for nine years at Birmingham Crown Court, which was told he organised 38 sham marriages over six years.


Clarke used sophisticated forgery and threats of violence to organise weddings so that immigrants could claim citizenship. He would pay the would-be British wives and husbands in drugs or cash and even organised fake guests, a reception, photographers, clothes and wedding rings to maintain an air of authenticity. But some of the couples are believed to have had no contact with each other before or after the wedding.


Seven members of the same family were jailed earlier this year for taking part in the sham marriages.


Patricia Williams, aged 61, from Dudley posed as a guest at several of her children’s ‘weddings’ and was jailed for two and a half years on 3 October 2009.


Her 38-year-old son Jason posed as the bridegroom at one ceremony and was sentenced to 12 months on the same date.


Natalie Williams, aged 26, Luke Williams, 24, Brett Williams, 31, and David Williams, 32, and Amanda Williams, who live in Dudley, Rowley Regis and Handsworth, were jailed in June after admitting their involvement in the scam.


Gail Adams, UK Border Agency Regional Director, said:


‘This was a serious and organised attempt to facilitate illegal entry into the UK. All of the people who have been convicted were in it for either personal profit or to secure a UK passport.


‘Our Immigration Crime Teams across the West Midlands are cracking down hard on this type of abuse of our immigration system.


‘Today’s sentence and those before it send out a clear deterrent to others thinking of perpetrating immigration crime here in the UK. We will seek to deport Verona Walters to Jamaica as soon as she has served her sentence.’


The UK Border Agency has already removed from the country one of the other four women arrested in September and is taking steps to remove the remaining bogus brides from the United Kingdom as soon as possible.


Over recent years the agency has clamped down on sham marriages with suspected sham marriages falling from over 3,500 in 2004 to under 400 in 2008.


Identity cards for foreign nationals are being introduced which will further prevent immigration abuse. Individuals will be locked down to one identity through their facial image and fingerprints.


Source: UK Border Agency





Promoters Must Pay Cess of $50,000 - Mayor

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As of today (December 1), persons applying to the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC), to mount display boards promoting events, will be required to pay a cess of $50,000.


Mayor of Kingston, Councillor Desmond McKenzie, explained that this cess would "put us in a better position when we have to clean up after persons who advertise."


The Mayor was speaking at the KSAC's long service awards ceremony, held on November 30, at the Courtleigh Auditorium, in New Kingston.


"We have been getting a lot of complaints from persons saying that the fee that we have attached, is too much. It is not too much when you consider what it is costing the Council at this time to clean up after promoters and other persons have gone out there and defaced the streets of the Corporate Area," the Mayor said.


He further added that the KSAC would not renege on its decision to charge a cess on promoters. "While we can extend some courtesies where it is necessary, we have to send a strong message to the people of the Corporate Area. You can't speak about the condition of your roads and the condition of your drains, but then you don't expect that we must do the things that are necessary to give you the service that you require from us," Councillor McKenzie said.


The Mayor pointed out that it was costing the Council "an arm and a leg" to clean up after promoters have defaced the city.


"I am saying to persons holding events during the Christmas season, we are not giving an inch as it relates to compliance in the Corporate Area. We are not stopping you from having any event; what we are saying is that you must comply, you must come in and do what is necessary, so that at least you put us in a position to clean up after you," he stressed.


Mayor McKenzie congratulated the over 50 workers within local government, who were awarded for their years of service to the Jamaica Fire Brigade, the KSAC and the Golden Age Home.





How Safe Is That Chicken?

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Most tested broilers were contaminated


You would think that after years of alarms about food safety -- outbreaks of illness followed by renewed efforts at cleanup -- a staple like chicken would be a lot safer to eat. But in our latest analysis of fresh, whole broilers bought at stores nationwide, two-thirds harbored salmonella and/or campylobacter, the leading bacterial causes of foodborne disease. That's a modest improvement since January 2007, when we found that eight of 10 broilers harbored those pathogens. But the numbers are still far too high, especially for campylobacter. Though the government has been talking about regulating it for years, it has yet to do so. The message is clear: Consumers still can't let down their guard. They must cook chicken to at least 165º F and prevent raw chicken or its juices from touching any other food.


Each year, salmonella and campylobacter from chicken and other food sources infect 3.4 million Americans, send 25,500 to hospitals, and kill about 500, according to estimates by the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But the problem might be even more widespread: Many people who get sick don't seek medical care, and many of those who do aren't screened for foodborne infections, says Donna Rosenbaum, executive director of Safe Tables Our Priority, a national nonprofit food-safety organization. What's more, the CDC reports that in about 20 percent of salmonella cases and 55 percent of campylobacter cases, the bugs have proved resistant to at least one antibiotic. For that reason, victims who are sick enough to need antibiotics might have to try two or more before finding one that helps.


Consumer Reports has been measuring contamination in store-bought chickens since 1998. For our latest analysis, we had an outside lab test 382 chickens bought last spring from more than 100 supermarkets, gourmet- and natural-food stores, and mass merchandisers in 22 states. We tested three top brands -- Foster Farms, Perdue, and Tyson -- as well as 30 nonorganic store brands, nine organic store brands, and nine organic name brands. Five of the organic brands were labeled "air-chilled" (a slaughterhouse process in which carcasses are refrigerated and may be misted, rather than dunked in cold chlorinated water). Among our findings:


- Campylobacter was in 62 percent of the chickens, salmonella was in 14 percent, and both bacteria were in 9 percent. Only 34 percent of the birds were clear of both pathogens. That's double the percentage of clean birds we found in our 2007 report but far less than the 51 percent in our 2003 report.


- Among the cleanest overall were air-chilled broilers. About 40 percent harbored one or both pathogens. Eight Bell & Evans organic broilers, which are air chilled, were free of both, but our sample was too small to determine that all Bell & Evans broilers would be.


- Store-brand organic chickens had no salmonella at all, showing that it's possible for chicken to arrive in stores without that bacterium riding along. But as our tests showed, banishing one bug doesn't mean banishing both: 57 percent of those birds harbored campylobacter.


- The cleanest name-brand chickens were Perdue's: 56 percent were free of both pathogens. This is the first time since we began testing chicken that one major brand has fared significantly better than others across the board.


- Most contaminated were Tyson and Foster Farms chickens. More than 80 percent tested positive for one or both pathogens.


- Among all brands and types of broilers tested, 68 percent of the salmonella and 60 percent of the campylobacter organisms we analyzed showed resistance to one or more antibiotics.





Today's Daily Word - Wednesday, December 2, 2009

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Free


I am free to be all that I wish to be!


Freedom is more than a condition that exists for me in the physical world. Freedom is the essence of my being. It moves from the spirit of God within me out into my life.


I am free to be all that I want to be. I am free to change and to grow. I am free to release any harmful habit I am ready to release, and to adopt any life-enhancing habit I am ready to adopt.


I am free to grow both spiritually and intellectually. I don't let time or circumstances stand in my way. God has set no limitations on me. Through the spirit of God within me, I have the freedom to be my best and do my best in accomplishing my heart's desire. I live in the truth that I am free!


I can do all things through him who strengthens me.--Philippians 4:13
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Scenes from Uptown Mondays

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REGGAE CROONER RAS PENCO RAISES THE BAR

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Reggae crooner Ras Penco raises the bar this holiday season with the launch of his second single, its accompanying video, and takes off for Europe.


"Be By My Side" is the follow-up to his massive hit "Thousand Miles," and the Uprize Music artiste recently journeyed to Hollywood to film the romantic video.


"It was a great experience being on the yacht out in the ocean," discloses Penco, on the Los Angeles movie-like scenario. "We were looking for a special feel and we came to Hollywood to get the appropriate look to fit the vibe of the song."


"Be By My Side" was produced by Uprize Music and is currently enjoying great rotation in the Caribbean, especially in Jamaica, where it enters the top ten on the FIWI Reggae Singles Chart and comes in at #25 on the Jamaica Weekly Countdown this week (Nov. 30, 2009). "I'm getting a good response so far in the dancehall and on radio, and the TV stations just started playing the video," the artist states enthusiastically.


The single was co-written by Penco, who says it came "naturally" because he wanted to return with an appropriate follow-up to the "Thousand Miles" story. "I was looking for something along the same storyline to give the fans," he says. "It's a continuation of the same story."


A busy holiday season is on the horizon for Penco. Following his European tour, local fans will see him perform at this year's Island Explosion and West Kingston Jamboree. Negotiations are also underway for him to perform at the highly anticipated Sting in Portmore, Jamaica.


"I'm working hard in the studio right now so everyone can expect my new album," reveals Penco. "After this third single, my main focus will be on putting together material and working on my craft. I also have a new band, so I'm rehearsing with the band right now and we'll be launching it in December."


With two consecutive hit singles and videos in rotation and a third single in the works, Ras Penco continues his reign as the new face of the conscious genre.





Iley Dread to write book

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Macka Diamond became the first dancehall deejay to write a book, well, singer/producer/promoter Iley Dread is looking now to settling down and finding some time to live his dream of writing a novel.


Colin ‘Iley Dread’ Levy’s book will offer a personal insight into his life, his thoughts and some of his experiences.
“Not only will it explore personal issues and experiences, but it will also express my views about the world today and about the welfare of Jamaica,” Iley Dread, the CEO of Kings of Kings Productions said.


Iley says the time has now come for him to stop thinking about doing it and actually making it happen. “It’s been long in coming and I think it’s the perfect way to open myself up more to the music industry”, he said.


Writing a book is not the only thing on this singer’s agenda, his vision is to produce movies and “show the world the fullness of Jamaica and the capability of the country....not only the people, but the culture and beauty of the country,” Iley commented.





Kingston Splash cancelled

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Just when di people dem a look forward fi go chill out and enjoy di big peace stage show whey supposed to keep a Cling Cling Oval police just step in last minute and sey no show.


Bwoy wi feel it fi di promoter cause you coulda si sey him affi a pack up and send back di liquor dem and all dese tings. Him sey him lose over $10 million whey him spend inna tings like artiste fees, promotion and getting di whole ting off di ground. But is ongle one ting wi haffi sey, a suh keeping a little community stage show expensive, wid Laing heavy Sting bill a how much money him a spend. An nuh figet sey some artistes want as much as $5M!


Still it woulda did nice if Kingston Splash did get a chance fi kip, but police sey dem get intelligence report sey shooting up did a guh tek place so dem call it off. All di same a better safe dan sorry. Cause it coulda be like di no name DJ inna di shooting incident a Portmore whey Star a meck look like a big big entertainer. Wi get it from good source sey a one name whey ongle di people dem inna dem area would recognize.





Tiger Woods allege mistress responds

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In her first public statement since denying reports that she is involved romantically with Woods, she tells us “I’m not OK! This is awful!” She related that it was terrible to get off her plane at LAX today and be greeted by a sea of paparazzi and reporters. Uchitel, who was named by the National Enquirer as Woods’ alleged mistress, has vehemently denied that assertion.


The 34-year-old told BlackBookMag.com, “I totally deny the Enquirer story. They did contact me about it, but they didn’t use any of my quotes or any of the information I gave them. They make it sound like I said those things, but it’s all other people saying I said things.”


As well, she told the New York Post that the rumors are completely untrue. “This is nothing to do with me,” she said. “We have never had an affair, and the claims we did are completely false. We have never had an affair, talked on the phone or sent any type of text, sexy or not.”


HollywoodLife.com was able to confirm that Uchitel and Woods did meet at least once in May at upscale NYC nightclub Griffin, where she used to work as a VIP hostess. A source told us that Woods went to visit her at the club one night at the end of May. “He went just to see her,” the source said, but that there was “no hand holding or anything obvious.”


Tiger Woods no doubt was not the first celebrity Uchitel came into contact with at Griffin. The club is known to attract celebrities like Chace Crawford and Adam Brody — as well as David Boreanaz, who recently celebrated his 40th birthday there. Star magazine linked Uchitel romantically to Boreanaz — another claim she has totally denied.


The very attractive brunette has dealt with a great deal of adversity already in her short life. She lost her fiance, Andy O’Grady, on 9/11 and shared her grief in a moving piece in the June 2005 issue of Cosmopolitan magazine.





Today's Daily Word - Tuesday, December 1, 2009

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Healing


I am strong in spirit, mind and body.


It is natural to want to hurry the healing process when I am feeling unwell. I want to feel energy surge through my body, feel the strength of my muscles and the vibrancy of my being. But I heal more quickly when I rest and listen to my body the way I would a child seeking my attention. By asking, "What is it you need?" and actively listening to the reply, I can respond with care and wisdom.


During the healing process, I appreciate the complexity of my body, the pulsating of my heart, the intricacies of each organ and cell. I affirm that divine life and healing energy make me strong and healthy. I give thanks for my body's God-given capacity to heal.


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Scences from 12 to 12

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Scenes from Sky Juice Boat Ride

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Glad Flippa alright

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Bwoy wi glad sey Flippa Mafia alright cause it could be worse. Yeah man him crash him vehicle pon Hagley Park Road inna di week. According to whey wi hear him did a drive him Porsche Cayenne when the vehicle reportedly got out of control and hit into a wall.


The deejay, who gave a well-received performance at the Boxing Day gala, Sting, was taken to the hospital, but was later discharged.


Well all well that ends well.





Ninja salt sah

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What a ting dough eeh, likkle most Ninja coulda meck it a Sting, but di judge whey did fi hear him case did inna di AA plane whey guh dung. Di odda judge sey him nah teck on dat deh case deh cause a nuh fi him. But wi a wonda if him eva guh si di light a day.. It look sticky fi true.





Bolt is NY magazine's 'Person of the Year'

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Usain Bolt was name ‘Person of the Year’ by United States-based Caribbean publication Everybody's.


Bolt, 23, superbly sustained his label in 2009 as the world's premier sprinter with awesome world record times in the 100 and 200 metres at the IAAF World Championship in Germany four months ago.


"People around the globe, who follow major sporting events, most likely will consider our choice a no-brainer," said the Brooklyn-based Everybody's Magazine, the oldest Caribbean magazine in the US, whose publisher is Grenadian Herman Hall.


"No other athlete in 2009, or, for that matter the last decade, impacted the world as Usain Bolt," it added.


"Perhaps, the closest is Tiger Woods, who had a remarkable year after major knee surgery in 2008."


The magazine said Bolt's record breaking times in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games when he ran the 100 metres in 9.69 seconds and the 200 in 19.30 seconds, are "still unbelievable".


"And, by shattering his own world records at the IAAF World Championships in Berlin, Germany in August this year in times of 9.58 seconds and 19.19 seconds, respectively, for the 100 and 200, Usain Bolt proved that he is out of this world," it said.


The magazine also said Bolt has done much off the track to further enhance his image as "an athlete with a conscience," adding that "he is helping Jamaica, the rest of the Caribbean and the world in benevolent causes".





Today's Daily Word - Thursday, December 31, 2009

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Happiness


With God's love in my heart, I fully experience the happiness of life.


Happiness is a state of heart and mind. It is mine to choose. When I rise each morning, I think positively. I begin my day with a smile on my face and a song in my heart that says "Thank You, God, for another perfect day."


I spread happiness in my interactions with others. Through a simple smile and a cheerful outlook, I lift the spirits of family and friends. I look on the light side of life, realizing that goodness and love can be found every moment of every day.


My heart and mind are open to the inspiration of God as the source of my love and enthusiasm for life. I live the peace and happiness God created me to experience.


Happy are those who live in your house, ever singing your praise.--Psalm 84:4





Spice minces Lisa hype and MC Nuffy

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Dancehall artiste, Spice has come out with all lyrical guns blazing at both the former Portmore Empire artiste, Lisa Hype and MC Nuffy following this week’s Sting concert, Jamworld, Portmore.


Lisa Hype who released a song entitled, Sting Aftermath, immediately following Sting, hurled insults at several female dancehall artistes, predominantly Spice. Spice says:


“Lisa Hype, I mean Lisa Swipe is in no position to utter the words she did from her mouth, but I honestly feel very sorry for her. She’s going through a shameful time in her life right now and is obviously looking for a dark hole to stick her head in. Lisa Swipe is calling names to keep her name out there; but my name? She ah play wid fire. She know say she nuh bad like mi likkle fingah. Di time she tek ah pick pon di female artiste dem, she need fi go clean off di discharge offah har stomach. She ah gwaan like ah me tek har pictuh an sen’ it out. And it’s such a pity. Outta every female artiste name whe she call, she ah di crawniest one. She feavah Geico lizard. I’ve been in the business for 10 years and I’ve never stooped so low, just to get highlighted. But Lisa doesn’t know when to stop stooping and get up off her knees. It’s tragic. Let me not bother to go there because she is not in my world. Lisa, as a woman-to-woman, I have never been as humiliated as you are in my life, so I have no idea what you are going through. I can only imagine. So I wish you a speedy recovery,” said Spice.


In addition, Spice also spoke of her inability to perform at Sting. “Nuffy sabotaged my thing. After Pamputae performed, he knew it should have been me, but he called up General B instead. When did he expect me to perform after that? During the clash with him and KipRich. It was unprofessional and it was done purposely because before that he was following the lineup and list. I just want to apologise to my fans for not performing. I didn’t get the chance to and I had a real end of year performance in store.”





Scences from Sherlock all white boat ride

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Scenes from Uptown Mondays

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Transport operators not contented with increase

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TAXI and bus operators have expressed disappointment at the 20 per cent fare hike they have been granted, saying that it will not be enough to cover their operating costs even though the rate is 2.5 percentage points more than that recommended by the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR).


The gist of it is that they are planning on writing OUR to apply for a further increase. Now in light of the fact that the poor are dealing with this further setback in their finances, if they get another one from the OUR then the people should rise up and put pressure to dismantle the current team from the OUR body.


It’s time the people realize their own power and stop taking everything that’s shoved down our throats. If the government continues to pressure us like this then the revolution and unrest that anylysts are predicting for the coming year will surely come to pass.


It’s time to give us a break now…the poor can’t take no more!





More increase for commuters

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It was only a matter of time before the Jamaican poor started feeling it. The government claimed to have given an ‘alternative’ tax package, but if you ask us nothing has changed. Come January 16 commuters will have to dig a little deeper in their pockets for bus and taxi fares. For those who have to take about three vehicles before they reach their destination it will be three times as hard.


The Ministry of Transport issued a release giving the thumbs up to the increase on Tuesday afternoon.


However, the Ministry also announced that this will be the last increase granted for the next two years.


Transport Minister, Mike Henry says this in keeping with the two year wage freeze recently announced in respect of the public sector work-force.


The hike in fares follows the recent recommendation by the Office of Utilities Regulations (OUR) for an 18% increase.


An additional two percent was added in recognition of the soon-to-be-effected surcharge on fuel sales.


The three official umbrella taxi associations, the National Council of Taxi Associations, the National Association of Taxi Operators and the Route Taxi Association of Jamaica had originally requested a 30%t adjustment.


In the meantime, in relation to the state-owned Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) services, the company's application for a rate increase and the applicable OUR recommendation will be examined by the Cabinet early in the New Year, with a decision to be announced thereafter.







Portmore Empire Leader Vybz Kartel has officially announced that the Portmore Empire is parting ways with Dancehall deejay Lisa Hype. Kartel issues the following statement:


Lisa Hype is no longer a part of the Portmore Empire. The members of the Empire have unanimously agreed to end our professional relationship especially in light of certain 'developments' that have come to our attention regarding her overall conduct, conduct that is not consistent with the decorum expected of a member of the Portmore Empire. She is an incredible artist and we wish for her all the best in her future endeavors, but Lisa Hype will not play a future role in the Empire as she no longer fits in with our organizational goals as we move forward in 2010.


--Adidja "Vybz Kartel" Palmer--





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

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Let Go, Let God


I let go and let God lead the way.


Winter sports offer an opportunity for fun and adventure. They also illustrate how one might face life's challenges. Observe a group of beginning skiers and their expressions as they ride the lift up the slope. Some may look apprehensive, others excited. Some may be fearful, anticipating a fall. Others are joyous and free, ready to face the slope with confidence.


Which of these two groups of skiers best describes me at this moment? Do I anticipate what might go wrong, or do I greet each situation with expectation of good? Do I let go and let God? On this day, I let go of any fear that may be holding me back. I let go, let God and enjoy the adventure!


You have made me stride freely, and my feet do not slip.--2 Samuel 22:37





LA Lewis, we have the tape!

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So all now LA Lewis still in hiding.? A wha really a gwaan with the graffiti deejay. We did tink seh LA have more guts than that. After all, him a big big seven star general and all these things, so him better come face di music, cause him cyan she a lie bout the boo dem whe him get a Raga show. Because, LA, we gots the tape … live and direct. So LA, you betta come talk up di tings dem.





Three the hard way boos at Sting

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What is it that Rev Al Miller, Merciless and Lisa Hype have in common? All three of them get boo at Sting. Now, we haffi address the Rev Miler Sting ting, because from the minute him come pon stage people did a wonder what him doing at Sting. Sorry Rev, but Sting is not your show. And if you feel say you haffi did eh, then you must come during the very early juggling, because a mostly demon deh a Sting and dem deh people deh don’t business bout nutten you haffi tell dem So, that’s why you get boo, Sir. Don’t mek Missa Laing trick you and tell you netten else. As to Leonard Bartley, we feel seh a di costume di people dem neva like mek dem boo you, cause since you and Kartel a friend, we know seh him nah carry people come fi boo you. Well Lisa Hype get the biggest forward fi night and the she go talk up some foolishness, and get her boo dem. But it neva last long and Lisa bring tings back pon a level. But a nuff artiste get boo and come back “stronger”.





Good performances at Pepsi Teen Splash

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The artistes put up a good showing at the recently held Teensplash which took place on Boxing Day at James Bond Beach in St Mary.


When Yardflex reach the venue, singing group One Third did a buss di place with some tough love songs, fi real they had the crowd mellow.
Apachie Chief and Sarge wreck the place with some funny jokes, bwoy wi couldn't keep a straight face after dem draw di Buju joke.
"Hello Buju, how you find youself inna dis ya position?


'Buju' reply: Bwoy yuh waan si mi tell di driver doan stop at all and him stop and di feds dem hold mi!"


Of course their impersonation of Vybz and Mavado sell off, they almost managed to steal the show with it.


Baby Tash, Stacious, Jah Vinci and Black Ryna held their own.
Other shiners for the night were Lady Saw who did a mean set, Mr Vegas made the connection with some tough tunes and Mavado and Kartel had the women huddling closer to the stage stretching out their hands to be touched, then of course Beenie Man who closed the show.


He was a first class act and he had the crowd going wild.





No more Sunday racing

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Bwoy it seems as if the church people have dem way sah. The Sunday racing which started off with high hopes has been squashed. The plug has been pulled on it.


According to CTL executive Chris Armond, his organisation had axed its plans to stage several Sunday race days in 2010 because government had failed to pass relevant legislation allowing for the opening of Off Track Betting (OTB) parlours on Sundays.
"Unless we can solve our off track situation, we're not going to have any (Sunday) racing in 2010," Armond said.


Sales from OTB's account for close to 70 per cent of all CTL's revenue from punters and bettors.


"Until we're able to sort out the situation with regards to our Off Track Betting parlours being open on a Sunday, it's not feasible to go ahead with Sunday racing," Armond was quoted as saying in a Jamaica Observer article.


Well guess the Advetists will have to pray a whole lot harder to see gambling on their Sabbath stop now.





Today's Daily Word - Friday, December 29, 2009

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Integrity



I am centered in the integrity of Spirit.


I dedicate myself to do what I know to be right and good for all concerned. Standing centered in the integrity of Spirit, I express respect and honesty in my thoughts, words and actions. My intention to live a life of integrity goes before me, making straight my way. I go about my day and my life with Spirit as my moral compass, achieving my goals to the best of my ability.


Integrity clothes itself in many garments. It is called honesty, honor, virtue and knowing oneness with God. When I consistently light my candle of integrity, I extinguish the negativity and fear in my world. With each reliable, truthful choice, I am a blessing. I bring light into the world by living from the integrity of my Christ-center.


He walked with me in integrity and uprightness, and he turned many from iniquity.--Malachi 2:6





Scences from Foreigners Ball

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Supreme pop dung at Sting

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After its staging at Jamworld on Boxing Day, Supreme Promoters, producers of Sting, can no longer claim the title “Greatest one-night show on earth”. There was nothing great about Sting; it was pop dung from start to finish ... and then some.


The promoters were riding on the peace bandwagon, but at no point was there any mention of the peace pact, and worse, former rival deejays Vybz Kartel and Mavado did not appear on stage together to perform even one song. As for the star attraction – headliners Goofy and LA Lewis --- they were not seen or heard from and no explanation was given for their absence.


Instead of entertainment, patrons were fed a steady diet of upcoming acts who had no business on the Sting stage, not even during early juggling, much more at 4:00 am prime time. This was clearly an act of disrespect for patrons who spent their hard-earned recession dollars in the hope of getting some kind of enjoyment.


Persons were led to believe that Stacious -- with whom the notorious Lisa Hype has a furious lyrical fued – would have performed, but although she was inside the venue, she never made it on stage. As for Spice, it’s possible that some of her fans are still at Jamworld waiting to see her performance, because she was ready and waiting in the wings for her time to shine, but as the sun shone brighter, all hope of Spice performing slowly faded.


Sting was just one long weary night that turned into an even wearier morning. The energy of the patrons was so sapped, that by the time two gun shots rang out sometime after seven Sunday morning, the crowd could hardly react to this well-known Sting signal that “the party is about to begin”. They didn’t even bother to pick up their feet in their hands and do their usual 20 laps around Jamworld, pushing and shoving and screaming, while the emcee begs until he’s hoarse for the restoration of calm and order. In fact, many persons didn’t even flinch.


The few acts, who did well (out of the 120 advertised) included Twins of Twins, whose biting, informed commentary was so on point and witty that they should have been given no less than one hour during prime time; Chino, who has two big tunes this year, Never Change and Woman Pon Your Head and really gave fans their money’s worth; Chuck Fender, now known as the Living Fire and I-Octane, who got a good reception but spent too much time cussing off the media.


The clash between Kip Rich and General B injected some energy into the event, but it was a given that General B would have met his lyrical death ... yet again. Merciless, Bounty Killer, Mavado, Vybz Kartel and Lisa Hype were all entertaining to varying degrees.


Note to Mr Laing: Red Bull cans filled with dirt make excellent missiles.





The Year in Review

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As the days in 2009 comes to a close, we can’t help but think of some of the news that rocked our world throughout the months. Yardflex now take you back on a reflective journey on some of the news that made our headlines for the year.


January


Jamaica was stunned by the news that gospel singer Moses was found dead near the Hope River. It’s still not clear how he died, some think he might have been pushed while others are speculating suicide.
Reggae singer Gramps Morgan made his solo debut at Jazz and Blues Festival and from all accounts he put up a good showing.
The romance that was brewing with Tarrus and Etana fizzled out. Speaking of Tarrus, his father Jimmy Riley found himself in trouble with the law after punching his wife.


February


Singer Luciana received a proper beating from Freckles


The weekly newspaper Sunday Herald changed ownership with the new owners being a group of investors led by the Rev Garnet Roper.


DJ Spice got engaged, but doesn’t seem ready to walk down the aisle, lets see what 2010 will bring.


Still on the music, Gyptian fired yet another manager…we never really found out what his grouse was.


March


Luciana was back in the news, this time he faced the charge or harbouring a criminal. And we don’t have to remind you about the drama that took place at his house involving shootout with the police and all that.


It was the end of an era for Radio Jamaica when they ceased operations of its RJR AM service.


Kirk Headley was found dead, the 31 year old international model’s lifeless body was found at the upscale Paddington Terrace residence of his parents in Kingston, Jamaica. He was found hanging outside the house.


Barcode promoter Ibrahim Konteh, was shot and injured in the Windward Road area of Kingston.


Past Digicel Rising Star contestant Laden found himself on the wrong end of the law when he was arrested by the Junction police for disorderly conduct and using indecent language. We hope this will be a lesson to him.


Vybz Kartel flop Freddie McGregor show big time by not showing up for it after Freddie acted on his suggestion to include Dancehall on the bill. Whew!


June


The biggest shocker of all pop king Michael Jackson died under questionable circumstances. The world has still not recovered from the loss…doubt if his fans ever will.


One Third called it quits with their manager Ray Alexander


July


The widow of Alexander Bustamante passed on


Kentucky Kid woes with the police started … such a sad ending to the saga, wonder what would have happened had the powers that be taken a little more interest in his plight. Guess we’ll never know now.


Selector Richie Feelings was hurt after a brawl at the weekly session on Constant Spring Road, Uptown Mondays.


August


The US government made the request for Dudus to be extradited.


The Jamaican athletes exploded on the Berlin stage, Usain Bolt broke his records, we copped a record number of medals and even now we are bursting with pride.


September


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


Trilla U lost his daughter under tragic circumstances and six days later he was baptized. We pray for continued strength for him as he deals with the loss.


Selector Foota Hype was arrested by the Constant Spring Police regarding the beating of a Cassava Piece resident.


The music industry lost another stalwart when Steelie of Steelie and Clevie fame passed.


October


Kartel launches Street Vibes Rum
Prodigal Son’s wife launches book From Brokenness to Victory


Dancehall artiste Blak Ryno spent a night in jail for an alleged attack on his neighbour at his Winchester Estate apartment. Bounty Turned back from performing in Trinidad.


November


Oprah announces the curtains will come down on her show in 2011…Imagine one whole year away and a lot of people are already bemoaning the fact.


Munga Honourebel get a mention in the news but not about music. He was involved in a squabble with the police after riding an unlicensed bike and not wearing any protective gear it is alleged that when the police accosted him not only resisted but told them indecent language.


Sean Paul takes Soul Train award for Reggae


December


American Airline crash landed – thanks heavens there were no fatalities.


Buju Arrested on drug charge…the saga continues on this one.





St. Catherine Police release most wanted list

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The St. Catherine North Police have released the names of 10 men who have been fingered in several crimes including murder in the division. At the top of the list is a man known only as "Negus" or "Handsome" of a Waterloo Villa district in Spanish Town in St. Catherine.


He is wanted for the murder of two persons who were killed in June 2006.


Negus is said to be one of the architects behind last December's flare up of violence in the Tredegar Park and Gravel Heights communities.


Next on the list is Nordeen Andre Bryan otherwise called "Blackman" or "Blacks" of Jones Avenue in St. Catherine.


He is one of the suspects in the murder of former Jamaica Urban Transit Company Chairman, Douglas Chambers in June 2006.


The police are also searching for suspected cop killer, Avion Bailey also known as "Caveman" of Jones Avenue and St. John's Road in Spanish Town.


Bailey is of dark complexion, slim build and about 5 feet 7inches tall.


He is wanted for the murder of Corporal Lincoln Parker in De la Vega City on October 17, 2006.


Also wanted for murder and several shootings committed in the Linstead and Homestead areas is Andrew Hamilton otherwise called "Dibby" or "Da da".


Kevin Nicholas Blake otherwise called "Alcapone" is also wanted for shootings committed in the Lovelane area of Spanish Town.


Gladstone Robinson otherwise called "Jim Tree", Rolando Hall otherwise called "Jermaine" or "Ghetto" and Barrington Bernard otherwise called "Pig" are all wanted for murders.


Also wanted for questioning in connection with murders committed in Spanish Town are men known only as "Larry dog" and "Leo".





Sanchez returns with his newest album Now and Forever

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Sanchez is back! He does it with style with his newest album entitled Now and Forever which features 15 new tracks, produced by Donovan Germain of Penthouse Recordings. This is by far Sanchez’s best work to date. Along with delivering the sound that he is known for, the majority of this album contains original songs from Sanchez.


The first single from the album is “Longing To Come Home” on the Protect & Serve riddim, it is currently climbing the US world & reggae charts. “Won’t Surrender” touches on the controversial subject matter of infidelity and what an untrusting companion goes through in this situation. On the song “What Do I Have To Say,” Sanchez is trying to capture the attention of a woman that he is attracted to. “Release the Property” is about the elusive quality that the one you’re pursuing possesses. Sanchez goes on to explain the elements that draws him to a woman. The songs “Who Am I Without You,” “Extraordinary” and the title track ‘Now and Forever’ displays the loving and sensitivity that proves why Sanchez is one of the most beloved Lovers Rock Singers in Reggae Music.


Born Kevin Anthony Jackson, Sanchez grew up in the Stony Hill and Waterhouse sections of Kingston, Jamaica. Like many of the island's vocal legends, his first singing experience was in church; specifically St. Catherine parish's Rehobth Epostlic Church. Sanchez is a Reggae legend and is known for remaking various hit songs. His gift for crooning romantic lyrics over hard edged dancehall riddims has earned him numerous hits throughout his career. Spanning over two decades, 15 plus albums and legions fans; the veteran recording artist and consummate performer is back.





Protect it or lose it!

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See we have been preaching for a long time about protecting the music and ensuring we maintain the high standards. Well since all the almshouse has been taking place, the writing was always on the wall for it to affect the music and the artistes themselves.


Check out Howard Campbell’s story in the Sunday Gleaner on what is happening now in the biz. It makes for real interesting reading.


Locked out - Jamaican acts finding it more and more difficult to get into some countries


The lengthening rap sheets of some Jamaican artistes may prevent them from touring countries including the United States and most of Europe.


Music industry analyst Clyde McKenzie, who helped fashion the careers of dancehall stars Beenie Man, Tanto Metro and Devonte, told a December 22 Editors' Forum at The Gleaner's North Street offices, that recent incidents involving dancehall acts in Europe and North America have hurt the genre's image.


Several Caribbean countries have also slammed their doors on Jamaican acts, including Vybz Kartel, Bounty Killa and Mavado.


Change in emphasis


"The business model for entertainment has changed dramatically and the emphasis is now on touring. That is the most lucrative segment on the value chain.


"But more and more doors are closing on our artistes, and that is a significant problem," McKenzie commented.


Dancehall acts have run afoul of the law in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom in the past four years.


Protests by gay-rights groups against Beenie Man, Buju Banton and Sizzla resulted in the cancellation of some of their shows, but this has failed to satisfy the homosexual community, which wants a full ban on the artistes.


Banton's run-ins with gay groups in the US this summer, and his arrest on cocaine charges in Miami on December 10, have complicated matters.


"The doors are being closed as far as immigration is concerned, whether it is the perception about violence or homophobia. You find that some Caribbean territories are refusing to have artistes from Jamaica on their soil," McKenzie said.


With record sales taking a dive due to the growing digital market, touring has become invaluable for Jamaican performers.


Those prospects were dealt a big blow recently in the US, which remains the most lucrative live-show market for many dancehall and traditional reggae acts.


In November, the United States citizens and immigration services announced stringent requirements for visa approval.


The new policy calls for artistes to present the duration and itinerary in order to be granted an 'O' (for solo artiste) or 'P' (for group) visa to tour the US.


Previously, performers applied for a work visa which, if granted, would cover the artiste for as long as three years.


According to Billboard magazine, British rapper 'Speech Debelle' did not meet the requirements of the new regime and was refused a visa to perform in the US in November.


Stay clear of controversy


McKenzie is concerned that the Economic Partnership Agreement, signed by the European Union and Caribbean countries in April 2008, may have similar implications if dancehall artistes do not stay clear of controversy.


Under the agreement, Cariforum states will have duty-free and quota-free access to all goods exported to the EU market, except for sugar, rice and bananas.


It also opens 94 per cent of the EU's services (including leisure) sector to the Caribbean.


"The Europeans are finding a number of reasons and setting up a number of different structures to prevent our artistes from going there," McKenzie said.


"So the days when a guy (artiste) had some immigration issues but a promoter had money to spend (to get them in the country), those days are gone because they (promoters) now have to be licensed."





Scences from Fresh Fridays

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Scenes from Street Vybz Thrusdays

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Over 120 acts for Sting but no clash?

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It’s anybody’s guess what is really going to take place over JamWorld in Portmore tonight at Sting. A whopping 120 acts will showcase their talent … or lack thereof … on the Sting stage but many are wondering if there will be value for money.


Of course, there is the so-called clash between wannabe deejay, the graffiti don LA Lewis and the ‘fudgie’ with the limping career, Mr G (aka Goofy). Naturally, this one is gonna be unadulterated drama … theatre … slapstick comedy which has nothing at all to do with music. Truth be told, these two characters would have a better fit on Ragashanti’s Mix Up and Blenda Christmas Day show.


Naturally, this will play out during prime time, but after this, then what?


In the early stages, the organizers looked like they were promoting a clash between the Gaza and the Gully/Alliance, but when the peace treaty was ordered by the President and officially signed at West Kingston Jamboree, war seemed like a dismal prospect.


Laing and company had no choice but to jump on the peace bandwagon.


Then the man who “lend out him mercy and no get it back” started some rumblings. Merciless is desperate for a clash, but right now it doesn’t look as if there is anybody willing to clash with him.


Bounty, in a recent article, dismissed Merciless as the “Worse-forless” and said he had no intention of clashing with him. Bounty, instead, would clash with Kartel, “if the people say so”, but Kartel in a recent statement noted that all those who are coming to Sting to see him clashing with Bounty Killer should stay home.


And since Kartel and Mavado are friends, then that clash won’t materialize either.


So who’s really going to clash at Sting. Perhaps Stacious and Lisa Hye?





Merry Christmas from Yardflex

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To all our readers and supporters have a merry Christmas. We wish continued success for you all the year round in 2010 and beyond. May your dreams be realized and may it be a blessed year for you. In all you do remember one very important thing that Jesus is the real reason for the season.





Christmas over the world

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Today, we celebrate the birth of Christ. Yardflex would like to give you a taste of Christmas celebration over the world.


Jamaica


In Jamaica we know it’s all about church service, sorrel, rice and peas, family dinners and the works. Following an exciting night of Grand Market, it’s now time to settle down to having our special time with family and friends.
China, Hong Kong and Macau


In Mainland China, December 25 is not a legal holiday. The small percentage of Chinese citizens who consider themselves Christians unofficially, and usually privately, observe Christmas. Many other individuals celebrate Christmas-like festivities even though they do not consider themselves Christians. Many customs, including sending cards, exchanging gifts, and hanging stockings are very similar to Western celebrations.


Korea


South Korea recognizes Christmas as a national holiday. Christian and non-Christian Koreans engage in some holiday customs such as gift-giving, sending Christmas cards, and setting up decorated trees in their homes; children, especially, appear to have embraced Santa Claus, whom they call Santa Halabuji (Grandfather Santa) in Korean, Local radio stations play holiday music on Christmas Day and a few days before, while television stations are known to air Christmas films and cartoon specials popular in the Western countries. In addition, increasing numbers of stores and buildings are displaying Christmas decorations.


India


Being a British colony till 1947, many British traditions stayed on in India. Christmas is a state holiday in India, though only 2.3% of the population is actually Christian. Sincere devotees attend the church services. In many of the schools that are run by the Christian missionaries, the children actively participate in the programmes.


Israel and the Palestinian Territories


Israel is mainly a Jewish state, but with strong emphasis on religious freedom; thus, Jewish Israelis do not celebrate Christmas. The celebration of Hanukkah falls at approximately the same time, but it has not undergone the same osmosis of Christmas-like practices (such as exchange of gifts) that the holiday has in the United States. Israeli Arabs are chiefly Muslim, and thus do not celebrate Christmas, either, but there is a minority of Christian Israeli Arabs who do celebrate Christmas. Given the diversity of denominations among Christian Israeli Arabs, some celebrate with the Western Churches on the Gregorian 25 December, and others with the Eastern Churches on the Gregorian 7 January (Julian 25 December).
Japan


Encouraged by the commercial sector, the secular celebration of Christmas is popular in Japan, though Christmas is not a national holiday. A unique feature of Christmas in Japan is the Japanese type of Christmas cake, often a white whipped cream cake with strawberries.


Labanon


Christmas is a state holiday in Lebanon. Most Lebanese Muslims celebrate Christmas with Christian friends. A poll showed that around two thirds of the population celebrate Christmas, while only 45% of the population is Christian. Commercialization and open markets are bringing a more secular celebration of Christmas to the public. Churches are open all night for praying and people go to visit friends and families, often to villages in the mountains. Christmas concerts are popular, not to forget to mention the wide popularity of both local and western Christmas Carols. Prayers and carols start to be said and sung around mid-December and continue till the New Year's Eve.


Pakistan


Christians are the second largest religious minority community in Pakistan after Hindus. The total number of Christians in Pakistan is approximately 2,800,000 in 2008, or 1.6% of the population. Of these, approximately half are Roman Catholic and half Protestant.


In Pakistan, Christmas Day is celebrated by Pakistan Christians as Big Day, or Great Day. The day is a public holiday, but it is in memory of Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan.. Pakistani Christians celebrates Christmas by singing carol and go from house to house and in return the family offers something to the choir. Mostly the money collected from such carols is used for charity works or is given to the church.


Malaysia


Christmas is a public holiday in Malaysia, however, much of the public celebration is commercial in nature and has no overt religious overtones. Occasionally, Christian activist groups do buy newspaper advertorials on Christmas or Easter but this is largely only allowed in English newspapers and permission is not given every year. The advertorials themselves are usually indirect statements.


Singapore


In Singapore, Christmas is a public holiday celebrated by almost everyone (Christian or otherwise). Typically it is also the boom time for retailers as Christmas season is also the time most people get their year-end bonuses.


Taiwan


Christmas tree on the Taipei 101 building in Taipei.


In Taiwan, Christmas is not officially celebrated or legally recognized. However, coincidentally, December 25 is the date of the signing of the Constitution of the Republic of China in 1947, officially the Constitution Day


United States and Canada


Christmas is a widely celebrated holiday in the United States and Canada. Christmas traditions are essentially the same as most of Europe, except in Quebec and other French speaking areas, with its réveillon and the Père Noël ("Father Christmas" in French). The Celebration of Boxing Day on the day after Christmas Day is a tradition practiced in Canada, as it is in the Commonwealth. While 15% of Americans affiliate as non-religious, predominantly of Christian heritage.





JCF kicks out seven more cops

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The police force is on a clean up mission. Check out this latest report.


SEVEN more members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force have been booted for breaching the Force's regulations.


The reports on the cops, who are all constables, were carried in this week's Force Orders.


Among those dismissed are a woman constable, five regular male constables and a special constable.


One of the cops, who was assigned to the Motorised Patrol Division, was dismissed in November after he discharged his service pistol at a stage show at the James Bond Beach in July 2004.


The policewoman from St Andrew Central was sacked in August after she disobeyed an order from her senior officer to provide security to a councillor who had been shot and hospitalised.


A policeman from the St Thomas Police Division was dismissed effective August after he was observed acting in a manner which aroused his colleagues' suspicion at the Norman Manley International Airport.


He reportedly attempted to flee the scene when challenged by his colleagues.


Another, who was assigned to the Area One Headquarters, was implicated in a rape case and was dismissed in August, while one was sent home after he failed to obey an order from his senior officer to deal with a dispute in Morant Bay, St Thomas. He was assigned to the St Andrew South Division and was sent home on Tuesday.


Another policeman-- who was assigned to the Hanover Division -- was dismissed on December 4 for being disrespectful to his senior officers and failing to obey their instructions.


The JCF also said that another cop will be booted in February after he lost two cartridges from his service revolver.


Last week, 10 cops were sent home for disciplinary breaches.


Since the start of this year, more than 150 cops have been arrested and charged for breaches of the Anti-Corruption Act as the police high command moves to rid the force of corrupt members.







Singer's rep says she didn't hit husband, but was trying to stop fight between him and her brother


*The NY Daily News has spoken to Mary J. Blige's publicist and contrary to reports that the singer decked her husband, Kendu Isaacs, at a promotional event for her new CD, Karynne Tencer told the paper that Blige was trying to stop a brawl between Isaacs and her brother.


"Mary was not fighting with her husband," said Tencer. "Her husband and her brother got into an altercation that turned into a fight. Mary went to break up the fight."


But Tencer claims she doesn't know the name of Blige's brother or the reason for the row at the M2 Ultralounge.


Club security helped the Grammy Award winner pull the men apart, who also disputed reports that Isaacs' lip was bleeding.


"Nobody was bleeding," Tencer said.


Blige's camp also denied the singer screamed 'What are you gonna do, Chris Brown me?' at her husband.


"She never mentioned Chris Brown," Tencer said. "Mary and Kendu went home together."


The Daily News also reported that after sources claimed the no more drama singe had smacked Isaacs because he was supposedly flirting with a waitress, she decided to set the record straight.


However, it is interesting that Blige herself hasn't spoken directly herself to the media to refute the allegations.


Earlier we reported ...


Both the New York Daily News and the New York Post have reported that Mary J. Blige hauled off and socked her husband Kendu Isaacs in front of guests at her album release party Tuesday night after accusing him of flirting with a woman.


The reported punch in the face – which drew blood, according to the Post – went down at New York's M2 after Blige allegedly saw Kendu checking out one of the waitresses.


"[Blige] turned to him and was screaming, 'You're not going to ruin my night,'" a witness told the Post. "They got up in each other's faces before someone tried to separate them, at which point she shoved the guy aside, pulled back and popped [Isaacs] in the face."


The source said Blige, Isaacs and their entourage were whisked through a door to the attached club Pink, which was closed. The witness continued, "She was yelling at him, 'What are you gonna do, Chris Brown me?' Four of her bodyguards and two of the club's kept them apart.."


Isaacs, according to the Post, was tossed out of the venue, while Blige went to the ladies room to fix her hair and makeup. But she bounced soon after, leaving partygoers Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Busta Rhymes and others behind, according to the papers.


When asked to confirm the reports, Blige's rep, Karynne Tencer, told the Post, "People lie and don't know what they're talking about." When the Daily News asked for a comment, she referred to the incident as a "misunderstanding" and said Blige's marriage is as strong as ever.


"They're as happy as can be," said Tencer. "They're spending the holidays together with their three children. Everything's great."





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

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Christmas Day



The Christ is reborn in me today.


As I celebrate the birth of Jesus today, I give thanks for His life, example and teachings. He expressed the full potential of the Christ, leading the way for me to follow, telling me I can do the things He did. The divinity in Jesus is also the seed of potential in me. On this day of rebirth and new beginnings, I acknowledge my birthright as a child of the Most High.


I give thanks for the journey to this place of opportunity and for those who have traveled with me--my teachers in many forms. All that I have experienced, the challenging and the sublime, has brought me to this moment of awareness that Christ in me is my hope of glory. The Christ is reborn in me today.


Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.--Luke 2:15





PM changes course

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Following the outcry from the Jamaican people, Prime Minister Bruce Golding announce a more poor people friendly tax package last night in a national broadcast.


In its place the following measures have now been implemented.


* There will no longer be any tax on ground provisions, fruits and meats


There will now be a hike in personal income tax rate from 25 per cent to 27.5 per cent on all income above the threshold for persons earning in excess of $5 million and 35 per cent for persons earning in excess of $10 million.


* an increase in motor vehicle licence fees for luxury vehicles with an engine capacity of 3000 cc and above by $4,000 per annum.


an additional tax rates ranging between 20 per cent and 25 per cent will be applied to certain luxury goods such as jewellery, television sets exceeding 32 inches, shotguns and shotgun cartridges, jet skis and pleasure boats


* The GCT increase will remain which moved from 16.5 to 17.5 %


In addition, fish, cornmeal, corned beef, pickled mackerel, herring, shad and dried salt fish, canned sardines, herrings and mackerel, bread, buns, bullas, biscuits and crackers, sugar, salt, eggs, patties, rolled oats and baking flour have also been taken off the tax base.


Other essential items such as cooking oil, syrup, fish, cock and noodle soups, corn, disposable diapers for the incontinent, sanitary towels and tampons and even children's picture books and painting books have also been removed.





Richie Stephens video shoot

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Now it’s Cobra and Merciless

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What the hell is happening, do we always have to be having a feud? Can’t the music survive without some artiste or the other being involved in some kind of bickering? Is it that these artistes have lost their creativity and the only way they can stay current is to build clash lyrics that their names can keep making the headlines and ringing on people’s lips?


It’s a sad day in dancehall music when we have so many clash lyrics and artistes throwing words at each other. The next on the list now is Merciless and Cobra who are engaged in a lyrics dissing game. Won’t even go there with the things they are saying, all we can say is that it’s time to rise above the foolishness and get back to the real business of making music. Nothing else interest us…seen.





Police probe drug racket at international airports

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The Narcotics Police are on Tuesday afternoon probing what they believe is a major drug network operating at the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA).


The probe was sparked by last week's arrest of four employees at the airport and the seizure of nearly one hundred pounds of ganja.


An Air Jamaica Customer Service agent and a Customer Service agent employed to Jamaica Dispatch Services Limited are among those charged.


The Narcotics Police reported that on December 14, a 16-year-old British girl was preparing to board a Virgin Atlantic flight to London when they intercepted two suitcases in her name.


The suitcases were each loaded with nearly 30 pounds of ganja.


The teen was taken into custody and questioned.


The cops then arrested three Customer Service Agents assigned to Jamaica Dispatch Services for questioning.


One of them, 21-year-old Crystal Marsh was subsequently charged.


The other two agents were released after their attorneys filed writs in court demanding their release.


The cops say the tags on the suitcases were generated by Ms Marsh's computer.


The cops say the suitcases were never checked in by the teen, but were already at the airport waiting on her to be placed on the flight.


Two other suitcases got through Norman Manley International, but were intercepted by the British police.


Ms Marsh and the British teen appeared in court Tuesday where Ms Marsh was offered bail in the sum of $500,000.


The investigators told the court that they are still conducting further investigations.


Ms Marsh and the British teen, who were remanded, are to return to court on January 22.


In the meantime, the Air Jamaica agent was arrested on Sunday after the cops seized 30 pounds of ganja in the possession of a woman who was about to board a flight at NMIA.


The woman was questioned and reportedly pointed the cops to the Air Jamaica agent.


The agent is expected to appear in court on Wednesday.





Jamaican skier qualifies for winter Olympics

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Some might say he's Usain Bolt on skis. Not surprisingly, though, when Errol Kerr tells people he's a member of the Jamaican Winter Olympic team, most pull out the bobsled one-liners.


"When people hear of a Jamaican skier, they expect dreads hanging out the back of my helmet and a smoke stream following me down the mountain," Kerr said. This is no joke, though.


Less than two years since Bolt brought world records and world renown to the island nation with his sprinting, Jamaica's latest winter star is hoping to put his country on the map in the new Olympic sport of skicross.


"It's more than just a country," Kerr said. "It's in my blood, in my DNA."


Born to an American mother and a Jamaican father, Kerr grew up a dual citizen between Lake Tahoe in California, where he moved with his mother as a child, and Westmoreland, Jamaica's westernmost parish.


He has felt most at home on the slopes since he was a kid watching a ski race on TV.


He rolls with the jokes, most of which inevitably draw comparisons to the Jamaica bobsled team, a fan favourite in the 1988 Winter Olympic Games in Calgary that inspired the comedy movie "Cool Runnings".


In fact, one of Kerr's sponsors is a beverage company called Cool Runnings.


"There's no running away from it," Kerr said of the bobsled team. "I embrace it. They laid the groundwork."


But while the bobsled team was initially a novelty, Kerr enters the Vancouver Olympics -- his first -- as a serious contender.


The hybrid style of skicross draws on Kerr's extensive background in Alpine skiing. It also makes good use of the rougher edge he picked up in motocross and BMX, and the 200-plus pounds (90-plus kilogrammes) he has to throw around, said American Jonny Moseley, an Olympic gold medallist who will be a TV commentator for the freestyle events -- moguls, aerials and skicross -- in Vancouver.


"Errol's got a good shot at the Olympics," Moseley said. "He's cut out for the sport."


Kerr's background helps in an event that is rowdier than Alpine ski racing, where one athlete races against the clock. In skicross, four competitors speed down a steep, winding course together, taking on banked turns, berms and each other along the way. The first one across the finish line wins.


"It's very pure, very simple that way," said Moseley. "But there's a lot of contact, a lot of strategy and jockeying."


To viewers, it is dynamic, and anyone who has raced friends down a mountain can relate to the scramble. Snowboardcross drew big crowds and good ratings when it made its Olympic debut at the 2006 Turin Games. Adding skicross will continue to draw younger athletes and fans, said Joseph Fitzgerald, the International Ski Federation's freestyle race director.


"You watch it on TV and it pops, there's so much activity," said Fitzgerald, speaking from San Candido, Italy, site of the skicross World Cup.


Kerr is taking nothing for granted. He spends his days training at Alpine Meadows, a resort at Lake Tahoe that has sponsored him, and in his mother's front yard, where he built a starting gate with the same specifications as the one in Vancouver and rigged up his own snowmaking machine.


His mother, Catherine Kerr, once a ski racer herself, stands behind the practice gate, counting down: "Racers ready... attention... "


She lets the gate fly. Errol Kerr springs out, strides. He plants his poles once, and crouches for the first tabletop jump, staying tight and close to the ground. Another stride, another jump. Then he circles back, and goes through it all again... and again... and again, shaving off the precious fractions of a second that could land him ahead of the pack in Vancouver.


Errol Kerr's late father never strapped on a pair of skis, Errol's mother said. It would have moved him to see how far his son has come, and to know that he is competing for the island, she said. Kerr said part of his dream was always to race for his father's country -- under the black, green and yellow flag of Jamaica.


"To be able to see Errol grab a hold of that and say, 'let's take it a step further, put Jamaica on the map of skiing', it's beautiful," she said. "He would just be so proud."






I don't do claps, I do prayers

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This morning a passenger was on TVJ's Morning Time talking about his experience on the American Airline flight.


according to him the plane touched down and passengers started clapping as they normally do, "but I don't do claps, I do prayers," he told Simon and Neville. He said while he was praying, he felt the plane jerked and then baggages started falling from the compartments above. he said one man who might not have been wearing his seatbelt fell on top of him.


When the plane stopped he took up his bag with his laptop and started running.


The flight attendant asked him where he was going and he said, "yuh nuh si mi a run, a whey yuh a ask mi sey?"


He said he made it outside and ran to the lighthouse then he remembered about a lady with a baby and his friends that needed help and turned back. He soon found out that they too were out.


He bemoaned the fact that the emergency team took too long to respond.


Yardflex is happy that no one was seriously hurt.







An American Airlines flight 331 from Miami with more than 150 aboard overshot a runway in Jamaica. Some 44 people were taken to nearby hospitals but American Airlines said only two were admitted to the hospital, and nobody suffered life-threatening injuries.


Some 44 people were taken to nearby hospitals with broken bones and back pains, Information Minister Daryl Vaz reported.
Four people were seriously injured, said Paul Hall, senior vice president of airport operations. But American Airlines said only two were admitted to the hospital and nobody suffered life-threatening injuries.


The plane’s fuselage was cracked, both engines broke off from the impact, and the left main landing gear collapsed, American Airline spokesman Tim Smith said. Most of the injuries were cuts and bruises, and none were life threatening, he said.


US federal investigators will analyze whether the plane should have been landing in such bad weather, Mr. Smith said, adding that other planes landed safely amid heavy rain.


Some passengers leaving the plane were seen with cuts on their faces or bloody lips. Some looked visibly shaken as they left the terminal wrapped in red blankets. Others ducked under umbrellas to escape the heavy downpour. Passenger Robert Mais told The Gleaner newspaper of Jamaica that he could hear the engine’s reverse throttle but that the plane didn’t seem to slow as it skittered down the runway.


He said he felt rain coming through the roof of the darkened jet after the impact and that baggage from the overhead compartments was scattered throughout the cabin. “Some (passengers) were shaken up badly,” he told the paper. The plane was about 10 to 15 feet (3 to 5 meters) from the Caribbean Sea at that point, and passengers walked along the beach to be picked up by a bus, Mais said.


The Boeing 737-800, which originated at Reagan National Airport in Washington, had taken off from Miami International Airport at 8:52 p.m. and arrived in Kingston at 10:22 p.m. It was carrying 148 passengers and a crew of six, American said. The majority of those aboard were Jamaicans coming home for Christmas, Vaz said.


“All of a sudden, when it hit the ground, the plane was kind of bouncing, someone said the plane was skidding and there was panic,” Passenger Pilar Abaurrea of Keene, New Hampshire, said in a telephone interview.


As the crew opened the emergency exits and people scrambled to get off, Abaurrea, and her husband, Gary Wehrwein, noticed a number of people with injuries, including one person who had a cut on his head from falling baggage.


Abaurrea said the flight was very turbulent, with the crew being forced to halt the beverage service three times before finally giving it up. Just before landing, the pilot warned of more turbulence but said it likely wouldn’t be much worse than what they had experienced so far, she said.


Smith said there are two “significant cracks” in the fuselage but it is intact, and both engines came off the plane. He said the engines are designed to separate from the wings during an accident as a safety measure.





Today's Daily Word - Tuesday, December 23, 2009

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Gift



Centered in God, I realize my life is a wonderful gift.


Each morning there is a gift on my pillow, waiting to be unwrapped. As soon as I open my eyes I see it--a bright new day has dawned. The best thing about this gift is that I get to make it whatever I choose.


I begin with gratitude, giving thanks for my life, my breath and the possibilities of a new beginning. I go about my activities with enthusiasm, noticing love and beauty and laughter. If a conflict arises, I bring what I choose to the situation. I add compassion, forgiveness and understanding.


Filled with gratitude for the joy of being alive, I conclude my day with prayer and meditation. I close my eyes and I am restored by a night of peaceful rest.


This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.--Psalm 118:24





Scenes from Uptown Mondays

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Yardflex Chirstmas Treat

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Name: Mystery
Age:27


Sign: Virgo


Born: St. Ann's Bay


Music.: R&B


Singer: Brian McKnight


Drink: Cosmos


Hobbies: Singing, Dancing, Socialing.





YardFlex Christmas Treat

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Name: Puffy


Age: 23


Sign: Libra


Location: St Mary


Hobbies: Modeling n Socializing


Fav Music: Reggae


Fav Singer: Kartel


Fav Drink: Red Stripe


Fav Feature in a man: A great smile, nice personality n street smart.


Ms Bikini Calender Model





Yardflex Chirstmas Treat

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Name: Symon Murry


Age:33


Sign: Cancer


Loacation: Mobay


Hobbies:Working out n Traveling


Interest: Technology n Creative Arts


Fav Music: Reggae


Fave Artist: Hah Cure n Gyptian


Fav Rum: Rum n Coke









Killer beating for Mumzell at Oaklands

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It was high drama on the grounds of the Oaklands complex on Constant Spring Road early this morning as popular deejay Rodney Pryce and dancehall debutante and promoter, Mumzell had a strong, physical altercation.


Allegations are that the deejay, better known as Bounty Killer and Mumzell have been involved in a relationship and it is speculated that “things have gone sour”.


According to one eyewitness report, “Mumzell come a di apartment fi mash up Bounty vehicle. And when she look a Killer dat to rhatid a come in like King Alarm.”


It is reported that a frightened Mumzell, with nowhere to run, had no choice but to brace for a Killer beating.


“Killer gi har some box and kick, she never know wha’ reach har,” the YardFlex source said, adding that Mumzell is “no walk over as she a girl who get off a murder charge couple years ago when a nex’ gal rush her and she stab her.”


Sources say that Mumzell, whose name had been linked to Junior ‘One Blood’ Reid, had dissed Bounty recently, but with two court cases already hanging over his head, the deejay had chosen to ignore it.


Mumzell is also the promoter of a weekly Thursday night dance in Southside, which Bounty is reuted to “buss out”.








Maybe next year she'll be ready to post up Shaq. Not yet, though. After all, Marvadene Anderson needs to grow another inch before she can see eye-to-eye with a 7-footer.


For now, she will have to settle for being the world's tallest teenage girl and a 6-11 sophomore on the Rutgers Prep basketball team in Somerset, N.J.


"Everyone has come up to me and asked if I play college basketball. I told them I'm only a sophomore in high school. They gasped when I told them," Anderson, 16, told the New York Post.


Her basketball potential earned the Jamaican native a scholarship to the New Jersey prep school. Back home, Anderson played netball — a Jamaican variation of basketball — so she has spent the past few months adjusting to the American game.


Anderson's coach at Rutgers Prep, Mary Coyle-Klinger, said: "Of course, she is going to be a star. She's a natural. She's only been playing two months, and it's amazing how well she's adapted."


And if you want to ask her how the weather is up there, Anderson probably wouldn't even frown. Her outgoing personality has resulted in the nickname of "Bubbles."


"People are friendly with me because of my height and my personality," she said. "If I was tall and mean, I think I'd have a problem."


And speaking of problems …


"The rudest thing anybody ever said about my height is that I'm not going to be able to find a husband."







Date: November 25, 2009


Subject: Attempted Murder Suspect in Cape Coral Shooting Apprehended in Lehigh Acres


A suspect wanted for attempted murder in Cape Coral was apprehended this morning by the Fugitive Warrants Unit with Lee County Sheriff’s Office. Rohan Kamali Stanbury (DOB: 12/01/1980) was arrested and charged with Attempted 2nd Degree Murder in connection to an incident that occurred in August.


At 9:16 p.m. on August 19, Cape Police responded to several calls about multiple gunshots fired from a vehicle in the 1200 block of SE 24th Avenue. Police found 11 shell casings scattered along a one-block area in the roadway near the residence at 1216 SE 24th Avenue, indicating that shots were fired from a moving vehicle.


According to witnesses, a light-colored sedan had been parked in front of the residence at 1216 SE 24th Avenue. One witness heard multiple gunshots and immediately fell to the floor to avoid being struck by a stray bullet. The witness heard a man yell and a car door slam. Another witness saw a white male leaning inside the sedan, and shortly thereafter heard gunshots being fired from the vehicle as it sped south on SE 24th Avenue. The witness said the white male who was leaning inside the vehicle earlier immediately yelled that he had been shot and needed to go to the hospital. The victim entered a black vehicle and was driven from the area.


Cape Coral Detective John Howes arrived at Cape Coral Hospital to interview the victim, who was being treated for a gunshot wound. A black vehicle was located in the hospital parking lot, and Cape Police found two locations where the car had been struck by gunfire.


According to the victim, he was at the Circle K at Del Prado Boulevard and Pine Island Road with four friends when he was approached by two black males in a gold-colored vehicle who wanted to purchase marijuana. The victim agreed to take them to a supplier who lived on SE 24th Avenue. After arriving at the residence, an argument ensued between the supplier and the passenger, later identified as Stanbury. Stanbury pulled out a handgun and began to fire repeatedly as they drove away. One of the rounds hit the victim in the abdomen.


The driver of the gold-colored vehicle drove Stanbury to 9705 Blue Stone Circle in Lehigh Acres and dropped him off. He immediately drove to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office and reported the incident. Cape Coral Detective Erica Cunningham responded to the location and interviewed the driver, who confirmed the details provided by the victim. He indicated that he had no inclination that Stanbury was carrying a gun.


As a result of his investigation, Det. Howes determined that probable cause existed to arrest Stanbury. However, Cape Police were unable to locate Stanbury, and a warrant was issued for his arrest.


At 5:15 a.m. today, the LCSO Fugitive Warrants Unit arrived at 9705 Blue Stone Circle in Lehigh. The unit conducted surveillance on the residence and observed Stanbury arrive in a crème-colored Kia. Stanbury was placed into custody and stated to deputies that his name was “Anthony” and not “Rohan.” A search of Stanbury was conducted, and a wallet containing identification with the names “Rohan” and “Anthony” were found. The deputies performed a check on Rohan Stanbury and found active arrest warrants out of Orange County and Brevard County. After running his name through Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the deputies discovered that Stanbury had an active Criminal Deportation Order and was to have returned to his home country of Jamaica in 2001. ICE officials advised that “Anthony” was listed as an alias used by Stanbury.


Cape Police were notified of Stanbury’s arrest this morning. He was transported to Lee County Jail for booking.


Arrested
Rohan Kamali Stanbury B/M


DOB: 12/01/1980


9705 Blue Stone Circle


Lehigh Acres, FL 33936


Charge: Attempted 2nd Degree Murder





STACIOUS ENRAGED

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People, the streets ah say Stacious is pissed how Lisa Hype go pon the Internet and ah talk up how Stacious fat and caan look like she and her belly big and a bagga tings. Lisa, yu nuh know say Stacious ah bad gal from Portmore, inna high school, ah nuff gal she beat who ah try step to her certain way, that's why dem call her Gangstress, mine how yu a trod because the Gangstress waan buck yu one away pon the road fi fix you business. Don't think say is just a stage show war. She just a cool because she a respect the Gully-Gaza peace but mine yu tek it too far.





BEENIE CRASHES ALICIA KEYS' PARTY

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How Beenie just get up and go crash Alicia Keys party so? Who him tink him is? The man turn up uninvited wid about 20 guests but the people dem almost never let him in. Ah somebody did haffi come beg fi him come in and ting and the man dem entourage wolf down the people dem food and gwaan wid a bagga tings inna the place. Wah Beenie feel like? And why him never carry Barbee? Dem nah deal again?





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

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Tranquility


I relax into the renewing peace and calm of God.


Just as I feel refreshed after a good night's sleep, I am rejuvenated during quiet times of reflection and communion with God. My time apart may be a quiet hour in a serene place or single moments focused on God in the midst of seeming chaos.


I turn inward to the place of peace that reveals God to me. I relax. With each moment of silence and with each calming breath, I am aware of the wholeness that I am. Cares slip away, and I am at peace.


In this season when winter nights grow longer and nature comes into its time of rest, I respond in kind. I relax into the renewing peace and calm of God. Tranquility is the blessing of my time apart, and I carry it with me through every moment of this day.


He said to them, "Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while."--Mark 6:31





Scenes from Wet Sundays

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Scenes from Passion Sundays

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Corruption in the force

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By Rootzgirl


Today I was reading the Star and it confirmed what we know all along that the number one reason we find it so hard to fight crime is because the people we are paying from our tax dollars are the very ones putting up the roadblock.


According to the story in the today's paper a policeman from St Catherine north has found himself in trouble with the law for allegedly leaking information to criminals in and around the division.


The lawman was taken into custody last Thursday following intensive investigations by detectives from the Flying Squad department.


The Star reports that the policeman's colleagues tapped his cellular phone and detected a series of conversations he had with members of the criminal underworld. In many of these conversations, he was heard relaying information as to when police would conduct spot checks, raids and other operational activities.


Investigators, having been satisfied with their probe, arrested the constable who up to press time yesterday, remained in the custody of the Spanish Town police.


Now if this is really true it is terrible. How can we trust cops like these with sensitive information? No wonder no one is willing to come forward and give up any info, cause you won't really know who's with you and who's not.


It is hoped that the force steps up their activities in trying to get rid of these corrupt cops, maybe then, we will start to have the peace we are seeking.





Spragga Benz among Billboard's One Hit Wonders

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According to an article in the Jamaica Observer, dancehall DJ Spragga Benz was featured in Billboard's Best One-Hit wonders of 2000s for Kevin Lyttle collaboration Turn Me On.


The finding is based on an artiste that hit the top 10 of Billboard Hot 100 singles chart without cracking the top 25 with subsequent hits in the decade.


The song Turn Me On was Lyttle's international hit on his self-titled album. It peaked at number four in August 2004 with Benz deejaying for 30 seconds mid-song whilst toasting the intro/outro.


Listed below are some of the other 'one hit wonders' as presented by Billboard


The top 10 One Hit Wonders included:


*Daniel Powter's Bad Day which peaked at number 1 for five weeks but subsequent songs have not entered the Hot 100;


*Terror Squad's Lean Back which peaked at number 1 in 2004 but subsequent hits peaked at number 62;


*Crazy Town's Butterfly peaked at number 1 for two weeks in 2001 but subsequent hits never entered Hot 100;


*Mims' This is why I'm Hot peaked at number 1 for two weeks in 2007 but subsequent hits peaked at 32;


*D4L's Laffy Taffy peaked at number one in 2006 but subsequent hits peaked at 72;


*James Blunt's You're Beautiful peaked at number 1 in 2006 but subsequent hits peaked at 66;


*Gnarls Barkley's Crazy peaked at number 1 with subsequent hits peaking at 88;


*Blu Cantrell's Hit Em Up Style (Oops!) peaked at number 1 in 2001 and subsequent songs peaked at 70;


*Bo Bice's Inside Your Heaven peaked at number 2 in 2005 and subsequent songs peaked at 56; and


*Dream's He Loves You Not peaked at number 2 in 2000 and subsequent songs peaked at 39.





Bolt is a ‘monster’ and 'fearless' — Tyson Gay

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American athlete, Tyson Gay, who has been having a quite a good season, was quoted earlier this year that world fastest man, Usain Bolt is a “beast… a monster, a freak” and he is “fearless”.


“This guy’s a beast," Gay said. "You can’t be sure of what he can do and the pressure doesn’t seem to be getting to him.


“He’s a monster, a freak. He’s doing something no one’s ever heard of. He’s in a class of his own, like LeBron James or David Beckham. It’s hard to study people like that." Gay said in July this year.


He reiterated this sentiment when he was in the island on the weekend to attend a charity concert hosted by Olympian and for 200m record holder, Asafa Powell.


“He is a monster, he can run in any conditions … rain, snow, anything,” Gay is quoted as saying last weekend.
In the July article, he noted that Bolt was “having fun and he’s fearless”.





Actress Brittany Murphy dies in LA at age 32

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Brittany Murphy, who gained fame in such movies as “8 Mile” and “Just Married” before giving voice to popular animated characters, has died at age 32.


The Los Angeles County coroner’s office said her death Sunday morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center appeared to be from natural causes but police were investigating.


Murphy was transported to the hospital after the Los Angeles Fire Department responded to a call at 8 a.m. at the home she shared with her husband, British screenwriter Simon Monjack, in the Hollywood Hills.


Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter said Murphy apparently collapsed in the bathroom, and authorities were looking into her medical history.


An official cause of death may not be determined for some time, since toxicology tests will be required, but “it appears to be natural,” Winter said. He said an autopsy was planned for Monday or Tuesday.


Los Angeles police have opened an investigation into Murphy’s death, Officer Norma Eisenman said. Detectives and coroner’s officials were at Murphy and Monjack’s home Sunday afternoon but did not talk to reporters. Paparazzi were camped outside the multistory home, located above the Sunset Strip.


Neighbor Clare Staples said she saw firefighters working to resuscitate the actress Sunday morning. She said Murphy was on a stretcher.


Murphy’s husband, wearing pajama bottoms and no shoes, appeared “dazed” as firefighters tried to save her, Staples said. “It’s just tragic,” she added.


TMZ.com first reported Murphy’s death Sunday morning.


Murphy’s publicist, Nicole Perna, said in a statement: “In this time of sadness, the family thanks you for your love and support. It is their wish that you respect their privacy.”


Messages left for Murphy’s manager and agent by The Associated Press were not immediately returned.


Murphy’s father, Angelo Bertolotti, said he learned of her death from his son, the actress’s brother, and was stunned.


“She was just an absolute doll since she was born,” Bertolotti said from his Florida home. “Her personality was always outward.


Everybody loved her — people that made movies with her, people on a cruise — they all loved her. She was just a regular gal.”





Buju gets rid of lawyer; seeks top notch legal team

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Embattled reggae dancehall artiste, Mark Anthony Myrie, better known as Buju Banton, is getting rid of lawyer Herbert E. Walker III and is seeking a top flight legal team to represent him on his conspiracy charges.


Buju Banton was charged with conspiracy to possess, with intent to distribute and faces up to 20 years behind bars if convicted.


Walker, in an email to the Associated Press last week, has said he “looks forward to representing Buju Banton in court”.


However, Banton’s manager, Tracii McGregor is quoted over the weekend as saying that current attorney, Herbert Walker, III, was simply hired to represent Banton during his initial court appearance and will not be the trial attorney.


She also stated that the label will pursue the best legal team to prove his innocence and that she has been meeting with several top criminal attorneys to take over the case.





Scenes from Magnum Road Show

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

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Divine Order


I am one with the divine order of life.


Entering now into winter, I recall the memory of spring's blossoms and the potential they displayed. The tiny buds soaking up the spring rain, yearning to bloom into the fruit and flowers of summer.


I am one with the divine order of life, and in this divine flow I am productive while at ease. I am peaceful, balanced and aware. I exercise my body and eat wholesome foods, get pleasure from both work and leisure, enjoy friends and family, and nurture myself with revitalizing sleep. Guided and nourished by the Spirit within, I continue to grow in spiritual understanding, always toward the light of God. I am immersed in the divine order of life, and all is well.


I will give you your rains in their season, and the land shall yield its produce, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit.--Leviticus 26:4





Hottie Hottie of the Week

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

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Joy


Joy is my divine birthright, my natural state.


Joy is my natural state of being. When I am expressing joy, I feel intimately connected to God. At times when I fully experience a joyful manifestation of Spirit, I may feel a wellspring of emotion. It is a great gift to witness a sunset, hold the hand of a frail loved one, behold the innocent face of a newborn child and then to express my heartfelt gratitude for that moment, that person, that inspiration.


When I experience joy, I fully understand my reason for being. All else falls away, all worries, all doubts. I am one with the Creator. I am fully present, fully engaged in life. I am called to find joy, to be joy, to wake up to joy in every moment.


You show me the path of life.In your presence there is fullness of joy.--Psalm 16:11





Scenes from Fresh Fridays

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Today's Daily Word - Saturday, December 19, 2009

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Journey


I am on a divine journey of peace and joy.


Mary and Joseph's journey to Bethlehem was likely difficult, both physically and mentally, requiring a great deal of strength and stamina. Throughout their journey, they had faith in God. At the end of their travels they experienced pure joy, for a new life was born!


In my journey through life, I may encounter moments that require greater strength and stamina. I may be learning a new skill or coping with a challenging circumstance. I receive strength of spirit and stamina in mind and heart as I trust in God as my guide. With God my way is clear and my journey secure. In God's presence, I experience a new life, filled with joy and everlasting peace.


Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem.--Luke 2:4





Scenes from Street Vybz Thrusdays

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YardFlex Top 5 Bubblers Chart

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YardFlex Top 10 Chart

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Tax and more taxes

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During the JLP’s campaign to win the election the popular slogan “wi haffi change course” was advertised. Many jumped on the bandwagon with glee as they couldn’t wait to get out the reigning PNP. But now they are probably cursing the luck that had them changing course to what now looks like from “bad to worse!”


At no time during the PNP’s reign was there a supplementary budget three times for the year, and things doesn’t look any better. With new taxes set to come on stream January 1 – an unpleasant start to the New Year.


A few months later in April a another Budget debate will take place which no doubt will mean more tax increase.


What the hell is happening in this country…below are some of the things that are now on the GCT tax list.


* GCT tax has moved from 16.5% to 17.5%


* customers will now be expected to pay GCT on electricity usage exceeding 200 kilowatt hours per month.


·Motorists will also once again be hard hit as the Special Consumption Tax on fuel will be increased by 15 per cent.


·Smokers will also be forced to pay more as the Special Consumption Tax on cigarettes is being increased from the current $8,500 per 1,000 sticks to $10,500 per 1,000 sticks


* GCT, consumers will now have to pay GCT on fresh fruit and vegetables, ground provision, legumes, onions and garlic, as well as on meat and poultry.


* In addition, fish, cornmeal, corned beef, pickled mackerel, herring, shad and dried salt fish, canned sardines, canned mackerel, bread, buns, bullas, biscuits and crackers, sugar, salt, eggs, patties, rolled oats and baking flour.


Cooking oil, syrup, fish, cock and noodle soups, corn, disposable diapers for the incontinent, sanitary towels and tampons and even children's picture books and painting books.


Even the dead will be spared as services rendered by an undertaker in relation to a burial or cremation, including the supply of coffins, will be taxed as well.


It will be interesting to see if those who are being pressured will sit back and allow this government to do whatever they will without crying out. This is a crying shame anyway you look at it. With the economy in the worst shape it’s been in it is not a comforting thought that the government has thrown those who are suffering the most to the wolves.







26-year-old NFL wide receiver Chris Henry died after falling from a truck driven by his fiancée.


According to the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department, the accident occurred late Wednesday morning after Chris jumped into the back of a pickup truck driven by his fiancée. WCPO reports that, he was trying to stop her from leaving a domestic situation at his North Carolina home. No details on that situation, or what lead up to it, have been released at this time.




CMPD said he got in the bed of the truck as his fiancée, Lolieni Tonga, was driving off of his property, and he fell out of the back at some point. He’d sustained grave injuries by the time police arrived at the scene of the accident, and emergency crews rushed him to Carolina’s Medical Center.





Homicide detectives are trying to whether or not Chris was thrown from the truck by his fiancée’s driving. TMZ reports that Loleini, who was taken in for questioning and later released, did not suffer any visible injuries from the accident.


Below is the youtube link to the 911 call





Pepsi Rebel Salute?

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Conscious reggae show, Rebel Salute, staged annually by singer Tony Rebel’s Flames Productions, will have Pepsi as its title sponsor come January 2010, reports reveal.


The event, held in St Elizabeth, is one of the premier and longest-running stage shows put on by a reggae artiste. Rebel Salute, which started out as a tribute to late singer Garnett Silk, is known as one of the few remaining “hortical Rastaman show” where the music, the food and the livity are in harmony.


Rebel Salute has always sought out that which is healthy for mind, body and spirit and does not promote the eating of animal flesh or the drinking of anything alcoholic or substances considered harmful to the body.


In the past, Tru Juice, a line of natural juices bottled by Jamiacan company, Tradewind Citrus, has been the sponsor for this wholesome reggae event, where clean music, mixed with the essence of marijuana, can be guaranteed to take patrons on a natural high.







The Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival has moved its main stage acts for the January 2010 festival to the Greenfield Stadium in Trelawny, Minister in charge of Entertainment, Babsy Grange announced at the launch on Tuesday.


For the past three years, the festival has been housed temporarily at the Aqueduct at Rose Hall, Montego Bay,a venue which requires putting in major infrastructure for each staging, at significant cost to the festival, explained Turnkey Productions, producers of the annual festival. According to them it became unfeasible to host the event at the Rose Hall venue. Turnkey also noted that there would be serious parking issues, as they no longer had the use of a major car park


President of Turnkey Productions, Walter Elmore, noted that they had decide on “whether to risk not being able to effectively stage the festival, as well as forego the comfort and ease of movement of our patrons, or find a new venue that would solve our major problems,” said.


He explained that the Greenfield Stadium in Trelawny is only 12 miles or 12 minutes away from the old venue and it was the most ideal option when all needs were considered.


Scheduled to perform on the festival, which will run from Sunday, to Saturday, January 30 are Empress Of Soul, multiple Grammy award-winning singer and former Motown icon, Gladys Knight, Billy Ocean, The Whispers, Maxi Priest, Machel Montano, Joe Roy Jackson, Joss Stone, Hall and Oats, Jon Secada, Robin Banks, Monty Alexander, Roy Ayers, Third World and the Max Klezmer Band.





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

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Togetherness


I cherish my time with friends and family throughout the Christmas season.


Holiday celebrations with family and coworkers are meant to be joyful. But on occasion, I may feel anxious about them. I take a moment now to consciously release any tension I am experiencing, any unrealistic expectations I've placed upon myself or others. I become flexible and accepting. In so doing, I am better able to enjoy the spontaneity of each event.


I greet my dear ones with love, appreciating the unique qualities they bring to each gathering. Throughout the holiday season, I affirm silently, I behold the Christ in you, whether I am looking in the mirror or looking into the eyes of another. I cherish our times of togetherness this Christmas.


The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.--2 Corinthians 13:13





Scenes from Weddy Weddy

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SHAME ON YOU BUJU

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So who is the greedy one now? Memba when Buju call Junior Reid, Junior Greed? Well, if yu live inna glass house, don't throw no rock stone. People, tell me how much money Buju really mek fi a stage show mek him haffi go resort to something like this? Yo, yu know how much people woulda love have a talent so dem can mek real money without having to do nothing illegal, or work a boring 9 to 5 weh yu can barely pay yu bills month time. And him ah talent weh him can sing Not An Easy Road and Driver and Deportee fi 90 minutes and mek US$30,000 fi one night and gone get mix up inna something like this. Come on, man! If him guilty, dog nyam him supper because ah him ah the greedy one, look how much black people look up to him and admire him and now the white system have him weh dem can deal wid him like a commonas. Buju, yu go LUUUUUUU. Yu better watch yu headback and wear an iron brief inna the Yankee system because the gays dem after yu





ADDI AND THE STUDENTS ALMOST MEET IN TRINIDAD

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Mi girlfriend call me and ah say she see the whole ah the Empire yute dem pack up inna the airport inna Trinidad and ah wonder if dem nah badda come fi do the show wid Teacha on Wednesday night. Mi affi tell her say anno refuse dem a refuse dem entry, dem just on dem way from Guyana en route to Jamaica. But what a calamity though eh? Dem haffi a sing out dem throat ah do dubplate fi work off dem debt and den when dem a go back home, the Teacha ah fly in to the same country like nothing never happened. When dem a fly out, him a fly in fi a next show, whoi, mi body! Mi sorry, but if mi is a student inna fi him classroom, ah one ting mi a learn, mi nah go pon no plane widout him, mi haffi right beside him p p cluck cluck, nothing like this caan happen again. Not dis ya dutty gal ya, mi learn mi lesson one time, that's all mi waan, after mi head no tough. Mi just hope say dem tek notes and know wha clock a strike now.





Getting tough with obscene music

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It seems as if the tide is rising against the dancehall artistes and their threatening and obscene lyrics that are said to be leading young people down a road of perdition.


Recently, the Government in Antigua made it clear that such artistes will not be welcomed there. In Jamaica, the home of dancehall, the Broadcasting Commission has banned from the airwaves all sexually explicit music, and so too lyrics which depict violence. Daggering—a dance which seeks to simulate the sexual act on the dance floor without any attempt at disguise—has been particularly disconcerting to the Jamaica Broadcasting Commission and to large segments of the population in that country. In addition to the sexually oriented lyrics of the music, the encouragement to violence by the dancehall artistes in their lyrics is also of deep concern to the Jamaican authorities and to those in Antigua and other parts of the Caribbean where the musical genre has become popular over the last decade and more. In T&T, dancehall artistes have been escorted off stage for obscene and offensive lyrics. Recently, Bounty Killa, a high priest of the form, was prevented from getting past the Immigration Department at Piarco—the officers at the port of entry deeming the Jamaican artist a subversive risk to the country and more precisely its young people.


A few years ago, shocked by the lyrical content of the dancehall music being played in maxi taxis that take teenaged students back and forth, laws and regulations were put in place to control the volume at which the music can be played in vehicles used for public transport. Notwithstanding lowering the volume of the music, the dancehall and other derivative forms are still being played here in public transport vehicles. And if the complaints heard from parents, teachers and parent-teacher groups are correct, the music and lyrics are still “licking-up” the youth and leading them into senseless violence and more. So too do those who complain claim that the dancehall music is being used to induce and seduce young females into promiscuous habits and eventually into dangerous lifestyles. Associated with the negatives of the musical genre is the spread of communicable diseases, HIV being the greatest threat. In this respect, professionals and agencies working in the field of HIV and Aids have attributed the increase in the spread of the virus amongst young females to some of them being engaged in sexual relations with older men who are part of the dancehall culture.


It would only be fair to say that dancehall is not singular in respect of the claims about it being obscene and capable of leading young people astray. Our own calypso and soca songs have been said to be responsible for initiating young people into dangerous lifestyles. There would be those locally who would point to the subtly of language of the calypsonian, his wit and easy facility with double entendre and say the two forms cannot be compared. Those who heap scorn on daggering may also have to answer questions as to the difference between what we see on Carnival days and the sex-simulation exercises of the dancehall artistes. In Jamaica, that contention raged for some time when the ban was imposed on the daggering lyrics, with segments of the Jamaican society saying that the soca lyrics were as negatively influential as anything that the dancehall artistes could sing.


Fact is that norms and values are changing, but society still has to maintain levels of acceptable behaviour to mitigate against the most negative of subcultures possible. T&T has to face the challenges of the subculture music and the ways in which it is eating away at the core.






Portmore Empire artistes, Jahvinci, Shawn Storm, Pop Caan and Dose of Medicine, have been in Guyana since last weekend for a reggae concert there, and it’s not certain if they will return to Jamaica in time for Christmas.


The show was billed as a peace concert with Gaza president, Vybz Kartel, as the headline act. Kartel, however, did not show up for the event, causing the show to be cancelled and the promoter to lose millions.


Reacting to reports first carried in YardFlex that the artistes and their manager Lenburgh “Len” McDonald (Not Supreme Promotions’ Laing as was first reported), were being held hostage, one newspaper in Guyana noted that the artiste were still in Guyana, but were comfortable. The hostage reports are said to be “lies and wicked rumours”.


Guyana’s Stabroek News, quoted the management of Conscious Minds Promotions as saying that the four artistes who arrived in Guyana last weekend for the Vybz Kartel peace concert are still there waiting to perform and were comfortable in a private hose provided by the promoter. .


The report quotes one of the artistes as saying, “We here in ah Guyana safe and sound and ready to entertain the fans.”


YardFlex had reported that the promoter had checked the artistes and their manager out of the hotel Sunday morning and had taken them to a private house at an undisclosed location where they were making dubplates on rapid. Other reports also noted that the promoter in Guyana and another in St Lucia – where Kartel was supposed to perform on Sunday but again did not show up – were angry over the looses they incurred as a result of Kartel’s no-show.


Conscious Minds had initially sent out a statement that ticket holders would be refunded their money, but the story now is that that “The promoters requested that ticket-holders hold on to their tickets. If all goes well the show will be held before Christmas or at a later date.”


Kartel’s manager, “ from the comfort of the house in Guyana said he is awaiting a call from Kartel and that if all goes well the show will be staged before Christmas,” Starbroek News quotes the promoters as saying..





Singer I-Octane is not dead

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‘I heard the news and wondered if someone else had my name,’ he says.


Can you imagine driving in your car, listening to your radio and hearing the breaking news that you are dead? That is indeed enough to send you to your grave.


That, however, was the experience reggae singer I-Octane had on Wednesday evening, after which, all hell broke loose. Fans and music industry players started calling around various media houses asking if the reports were really true; many were grief stricken and crying their eyes out.


Some media outlets were caught off guard, as they, at one point could neither confirm nor deny the rumours.


According to I-Octane’s management team, Arrows, led by Rose Linton, the office could not keep up with the number of calls from concerned people wanting to know if the story was true.


“I know that he was supposed to be at a show at Ward Theatre,” Linton, affectionately called Miss Rose, stated, sounding dazed by all that had transpired.


The so-called death of artistes by the hared-working rumour mill, is nothing new, however, and many acts, including Gregory Isaacs, John Holt and Beenie Man, to name a few, have been victims.


According to one music industry player, “Dem artiste deh going live till you sun dem.”


As for I-Octane, he is busy rehearsing for his hectic end-of-year concerts and says to his fans, “Life ova death we seh ... everytime.”





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

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Abundance


I am blessed beyond measure.


I am grateful for the simple things in life--streets decorated with colored lights, the night sky ablaze with a thousand tiny stars. I am struck by the beauty that is mine to enjoy.


During a meal with friends, I notice the many ways I am nourished, body and soul. When the sun warms my face or I pull a coat around me against the cold wind, I feel enfolded in the love of God. Lending a helping hand to a stranger or sharing a word of encouragement with a child, I am reminded of all that I have to give.


I count my blessings for the small things, and I am grateful for the abundant good in my life. In large and small ways, I am blessed.
Joseph stored up grain in such abundance--like the sand of the sea--that he stopped measuring it; it was beyond measure.--Genesis 41:49





Scenes from Hill Top Tuesdays

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Reggae star Banton will be transferred to Tampa

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MIAMI (AP) — Grammy nominated Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton will fight a drug charge against him in Tampa instead of Miami.


Banton waived his bail hearing Wednesday in Miami federal court. His case is being prosecuted in Tampa, where he will be transferred.
U.S. Magistrate Judge William Turnoff issued a temporary order of detention for the 36-year-old singer, whose real name is Mark Anthony Myrie.


Banton did not speak at the hearing, except to reply, “Yes, sir,” to the judge’s questions. Like the other 10 jail inmates waiting in the courtroom, he wore a beige jail jumpsuit over a white T-shirt, with his long dreadlocks tied up off his neck and his hands shackled in front of him.


“He believes that because the indictment was filed out of Tampa, that’s where the case should be defended,” Banton’s attorney, Herbert E.. Walker III, said after the hearing.


Banton has been in federal custody since last Thursday. He is charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine.


Walker said the charge carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.
According to a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration affidavit, Banton and two others traveled to Sarasota last week to purchase a large amount of cocaine from an undercover law enforcement officer. The DEA was tipped off by a confidential informant who agreed to wear a recording device during the drug negotiation session.


Banton’s attorney said the singer is “completely innocent” of the charges against him.


“He’s a very spiritual person,” Walker said. “He has a lot of faith in God. He’s confident he’s going to be exonerated.”


The husky-voiced Banton has been a major star in his native Jamaica since the early 1990s with brash dancehall music and, more recently, a traditional reggae sound. His career has been stunted in the United States because of some song lyrics that advocated violence against gay men.


Earlier this month, Banton’s ninth album, “Rasta Got Soul,” was nominated for a Grammy for best reggae album. The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation launched an online petition protesting the nomination.
Source AP





Bernanke is TIME’s 2009 Person of the Year

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Remember September 2008? The month when the entire U.S. financial system almost collapsed? Ever since that pivotal moment, one person has been in the crosshairs, making decision after decision that has impacted nearly every American alive today.

That person is Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. Because of his monumental influence on the world’s most important economy, Bernanke has been named TIME magazine’s 2009 Person of the Year.

TIME Managing Editor Richard Stengel called the Federal Reserve “the most powerful, least understood government force shaping our lives” as he revealed his magazine’s choice live on TODAY Wednesday morning.





Buju Banton set to appear at bail hearing in Miami

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MIAMI – Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton is set to appear in Miami federal court.


A bail hearing is scheduled Wednesday morning for the 36-year-old singer, whose real name is Mark Anthony Myrie.


Banton and two others allegedly attempted to buy a large amount of cocaine from an undercover law enforcement officer in Sarasota last week. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration was tipped off by a confidential informant.


Banton has been in federal custody since Thursday in Miami pending transfer to Tampa, where the case is being prosecuted.


He faces a maximum of 20 years in prison if convicted of a charge of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine.


Banton's attorney says the singer "vigorously denies" the charges.







Buju Banton's legal team is denying charges that he tried buying cocaine from undercover Drug Enforcement Agents in South Florida.


The DJ, whose real name is Mark Myrie, was arrested in Sarasota last Thursday in a DEA sting operation.


In an interview with the RJR news centre, Buju Banton's attorney Herbert Erving Walker III said his client "vigorously denies" the charges levelled against him.


Buju Banton was being held at Miami's downtown detention centre pending transfer to Tampa, where the case is being prosecuted.


He is due to face a Miami Federal Court Wednesday for a bail hearing.


His lawyer told our news centre he was looking forward to representing Buju at his second court appearance where he will be arguing strongly for bail.


Mr. Walker said he plans to argue that the DJ should be released on bond as he is not a threat to the community or a flight risk.


"It will be our contention that he is not a threat to the community and that based on all the factors that will be placed on the record tomorrow that he should be at least granted a bond because of his lack of involvement in prior criminal history and because of his outstanding ties to the world community by way of his music, by way of his humanitarian effort and the like," Mr. Walker said.


The attorney admitted that the charges against his client are indeed serious, but noted that the burden of proof as it relates to the allegations rests on the US government.


"Question is, is Mr. Myrie actually guilty of those things? Our contention is that he is not and this is a tragic misunderstanding. It is the position of Mr. Myrie that he is completely, totally, refutes these allegations as untrue and he has never wavered in that. And so it will be the burden of the government to establish that what they have accused him of is in fact true,"


Turning to the video evidence allegedly possessed by the State against his client Mr. Walker said he would wait to view and listen to the tapes before making a determination.


"Keep in mind that the charge here on the affidavit is conspiracy, which under the law is a inchoate crime which means you're going to have to determine what a person's state of mind is and a video tape recording does not speak to those issues," he said.


An affidavit from a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent says the DJ and two others traveled to Sarasota last week to purchase over five kilograms of cocaine.


Buju is facing a charge of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.


Buju Banton is a Grammy nominee in the Best Reggae Album category, for his critically acclaimed album, Rasta Got Soul.







ATLANTA – TIME Magazine will be selecting it’s Person Of The Year for 2009. Jamaica’s very own Triple Olympic Champion Usain “Lighting” Bolt is among the list of 7 finalists.


Fans can cast their Vote For Bolt! by visiting, http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/34367161/ns/today-today_people/


The other finalists include: Steve Jobs, Ben Bernake, The Chinese Worker, Nancy Pelosi, Stanley McChrystal, and President Barack Obama.


TIME’s Person of the Year announcement will be made live on the TODAY Show on sometime this morning..





Dunn’s River Falls is number one

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Dunn's River Falls in St. Ann has been voted "Best Tourist Attraction" by visitors to the island, in the "Best of Jamaica" annual survey for 2009.


The survey was conducted by Jamaicans.com, a premier online community for Jamaicans and visitors.


The annual online survey which started ten years ago, gives visitors to the island an opportunity to register their take on the best of the island based on previous travel experiences.


The 2009 survey gathered the views of over 40,000 participants who have previously visited the island and allowed for voting on Tourist Life, Food, Entertainment, Restaurants, Jamaica Online, and Recreation.


In the Tourist Life Category, visitors to Jamaica were asked to name their favourite tourist attraction, hotel, villa and wedding location among others.


Dunn's River Falls came out as the top attraction.





Evangelist Oral Roberts Has Died At 91

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The well-known television evangelist Oral Roberts has died in California at the age of 91.


Oral Roberts was admitted to the hospital this past weekend after falling. Roberts’ spokesman said Oral died of complications from pneumonia.


Oral Roberts philosophy was the unity of mind, body and spirit, and many thought of him as a “faith healer”.


Oral wrote many books and founded Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma.


Roberts conducted hundreds of what were considered “miracle healing crusades” for thousands of people in over 35 countries.





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

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Guidance


The light of Christ guides me to my highest good.


The star of Bethlehem shone brightly, according to the Christmas story, but only the wisest persons were able to perceive it and to discern its meaning. Still, they did not know exactly what they would find when they arrived.


The light of Christ shines brightly within me, and it's the wisest part of me that can perceive its glow. When I follow the Christ light inward, I am guided to my highest good.


Being guided by the light of Christ does not mean that I will know exactly how things will turn out. However, I know that within every challenge there is an opportunity and within every difficulty there is a gift. Guided by the glow of my own divine nature, I know that all is well.


When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy.--Matthew 2:10





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

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Pray for Others


I see you as God sees you, a perfect expression of Spirit.


When I pray, I see beyond any appearance of difficulty in the lives of my dear ones. I release any thoughts of doubt or worry and see them as God sees them: perfect expressions of Spirit. I see the radiant Christ of their beings. I affirm that the power of the Christ within each one is mighty to heal any condition because God's life within is perfect life.


I know there is no decision, no choice, no concern that is greater than Divine Mind expressing in each individual as wisdom, right judgment and guidance. I see myself and each person I hold in prayer as open channels for the abundant flow of God's good as health, love and prosperity.


Then turning to the disciples, Jesus said to them privately, "Blessed are the eyes that see what you see!"--Luke 10:23





Stop Pushing Conflicts

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By Rootzgirl


A meeting was held in the esteemed office of the Prime Minister to squash the longstanding feud between Kartel and Mavado and comes report of another two women in the dancehall at lyrical conflict.


Stacious and Lisa Hype. Yardflex just want to say that the media should stop buying into these silly people attempt at getting attention.


Maybe they saw how well it worked to catapult Vybz and Mavado’s career so with those two at peace now, these women are trying a thing to take their career to another level.


The media doesn’t have to be their tool to do that. Haven’t we learned anything yet?


Ignore them, ignore their pathetic efforts at attention, ignore the silly so called conflicts and instead start bigging up the conscious soldiers out there who are doing their best to spread the love in the dancehall.


We are tired of the garbage that keeps coming out in the name of music. Real creativity finds issues and chants about them, music is not a tracing match and sadly that’s what dancehall is coming down to.







Popular dancehall artiste Desmond "Ninja Man" Ballentine, who is also facing his share of problems with the law, returned to the Corporate Area Criminal Court on Monday on a charge of murder.


More testimony was heard on Monday as the preliminary enquiry into the circumstances of the murder continued.


The entertainer and his 20-year-old son Janiel Ballentine along with Clayton Dennis and Seymour Samuels are charged with the murder of 20-year-old Ricardo Johnson, a resident of Olympic Gardens in St. Andrew.


Mr. Johnson was gunned down in a drive-by shooting on March 16.


Defence attorney Norma Linton argued that the evidence against Ninjaman is weak based on the testimony given by the witnesses.


She argued that none of the witnesses have identified Ninjaman as the shooter.


The hearing continues on December 23, when Ms Linton will apply for bail on behalf of the artiste..





Journalist Michael Pryce is dead

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Yardflex sends condolence to the family of Michael Pryce who died about 11:30 am yesterday in England. He was 48 years old.


Michael, who had been battling bone cancer for several years, passed away in England on Monday morning.


He last worked with the CVM Group and was also a reporter with the RJR News Centre.


Meanwhile the Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ) has expressed regret at the passing of Mr. Pryce.


President of the PAJ Byron Buckley says Michael's inimitable voice will be sorely missed from the airwaves.


"The Press Association of Jamaica wants to join the media fraternity in mourning the passing of our colleague Michael Pryce who fought a valiant battle with bone cancer. Michael was an active member of the PAJ, in fact he attended our monthly fete that was held at RJR Sports Club only days before he was hospitalized at the University Hospital earlier this year," Mr. Buckley said.


"His voice will be sorely missed from the airwaves but the camaraderie that he brought to association events will be fondly remembered. We just want to express condolences to his relatives and to his colleagues at CVM and Hot 102 in their moment of loss,"


In the meantime, the Media Association of Jamaica (MAJ) says it is with deep sadness that it learnt on Monday of the death of Mr. Pryce.


The MAJ says Michael was a proactive, inquisitive and persistent journalist, who never took no for an answer to anything he felt the public had a right to know.


And Opposition leader Portia Simpson Miller also expressed regret and sorrow at the news of the journalist's passing.


Mrs. Simpson Miller said Michael made significant contributions to media and journalism in Jamaica over a relatively short career and was the consummate professional.


He is survived by his widow Maxine and two daughters.







By Gil Kaufman


The arrest of Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton on Thursday in Florida on conspiracy to possess and intent to distribute cocaine followed an investigation that sounds like an episode of the 1980s cop drama "Miami Vice.."


According to the Tampa Tribune, the arrest of one of the most controversial modern reggae acts to come from the island nation in the post-Bob Marley era began with a meeting last Tuesday at a Sarasota, Florida, restaurant called La Tropicana de Havana. It was there that Banton (born Mark Anthony Myrie) allegedly pulled up in a silver Land Rover with the license plate "JAH ONE" with another man named Ian Thomas and an unidentified woman and allegedly attempted to arrange to buy several kilos of cocaine.


Police recorded the meeting, and according to the criminal complaint, a confidential source told the singer to go to a warehouse under surveillance, where they met with an undercover Sarasota police officer who showed him and the woman a car that had 20 kilos of cocaine stashed in secret compartments. Banton and Thomas allegedly sampled the drugs and negotiated the price for a few hours, then left, only to return the next day after Thomas called the source and expressed interest in buying 15 kilos of the drug.


Another meeting took place Wednesday at an Applebee's restaurant in Sarasota, where Thomas allegedly told the source his group wanted to purchase 5 kilos and possibly more at a later time. He also reportedly said another member of his crew was in the parking lot with about $125,000 in cash.


By late afternoon, Thomas and the source left the restaurant and met with a man named James Mack, who was in the driver's seat of the car and who returned to the Applebee's to continue negotiating the deal, according to the criminal complaint.


On Thursday morning, Thomas and Mack allegedly drove back to the warehouse, where an undercover Sarasota officer saw Mack pull large amounts of cash from a hidden panel in the rear driver's side of the Honda. After inspecting the cash, the undercover officer gave a bag with 7 kilos of cocaine to Thomas and Mack. Officers then gave the signal to arrest the two, while Banton was simultaneously apprehended in Miami.


All three were charged with conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to distribute and are being held with no bond. Grammy nominee Banton — whose recent U.S. tour was plagued by calls for protest from the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, who decry the homophobic lyrics to his 1992 song "Boom Bye Bye" — is expected to appear in a Miami courtroom later this week. He faces up to 20 years in prison on the charges. A spokesperson for the singer could not be reached for comment at press time.





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Will the PM intervene now?

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Buju Banton is facing some serious drug charges in the US and the big question on everyone’s lips is “Will the PM intervene now?”


He set the trend when he made Mavado’s and Kartel’s feud a matter of national importance, using his office to engineer the meeting.


There is no doubt that Buju Banton’s rights have been seriously violated and we can’t erase the niggling thought that he was somehow “set up”.


With worldwide attention on Buju it would be hard to imagine him peddling that amount of cocaine. We are not his judge and jurors, but if it looks suspicious, then it probably is. It is too much of a coincidence that hot upon the heels of the gays hitting out against his Grammy nomination comes this huge charge.


The PM must now use whatever powers that be to intercede and ensure that the artiste gets fair representation.


What say you?







There is more opposition to the decision by the political executive to intervene in the conflict between dancehall artistes Vybes Kartel and Mavado.


Last week the two feuding DJ's were summoned to a meeting at Jamaica House by Prime Minister Bruce Golding and four of his senior ministers in a bid to quell the growing rivalry which have spilled over into schools.


Speaking on Sunday afternoon on RJR's News review programme, That's a Rap, Academic Manager at the University of Technology and Public Affairs Commentator, Martin Henry said the Prime Minister's intervention was premature.


Mr. Henry says he is against peace treaties which he asserts push criminal conduct and social deviation underground rather than resolve real difficulties.


And also speaking on That's A Rap Analyst Claude Robinson says he would have preferred if the Prime Minister never got involved in the simmering dispute between Vybes Kartel and Mavado.





Scenes from Stone Love Anniversary

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Scenes from Celebrity Basket Ball Game

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Yardflex Yard Girl Felica Kellerman

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Members of the Portmore Empire, along with Supreme Promotions’ Isaiah Laing, were reportedly held hostage at a house in Guyana following Saturday’s cancellation of a show headlined by Vybz Kartel, who was a no-show.


Reports are that on Sunday morning, the members of the Portmore Empire, and Laing, who had accompanied the entourage to the island, were moved from the Princess International Hotel in Guyana to a private house.


“The promoters took Jahvinci, Rhyno, Laing and the others out of the hotel to an unknown location. Laing was in Room 415 and Jahvinci was in Room 436,” the source stated.


Reports are that the promoter, who has reportedly lost thousands of dollars, was in negotiations with Vybz Kartel via telephone.


“The artistes were complaining that they were uncomfortable at first,” the source said, adding that all in the entourage were uncertain what to expect, following the move from the hotel to the unknown location.


However, after talks with the Gaza President, a deal was worked out whereby the artistes would do a number of dub plates for the promoter.


“They will have to sing until their throats hurt them,” the source said.







Reports out of Guyana are that Gaza President, Vybz Kartel was a no show at an event for which he and members of his Portmore Empire were booked for on Saturday.


According to a YardFlex source based in Guyana, Vybz Kartel and The Portmore Empire were booked for a show in the territory on 12th December, however, members of the Empire arrived in Guyana, without their leader , Vybz Kartel.


“Word around is that Di Teacha missed the flight with the other Empire artistes because of a prior commitment in Jamaica and was scheduled to come on a later flight. However the artiste never arrived. The show had to be cancelled at the last minute leaving many at a loss and leaving thousands disappointed,” the source stated.


He added, “It is rumoured that Kartel received threats on his life, if he came to Guyana to perform, so he refused to board any flights out of Jamaica.”


Up to late Saturday, it is alleged that arrangements were being made for a special charter flight with police escort to fly the artiste directly from Jamaica into Guyana, as he requested, since receiving the threats.


“But he still bailed at the last minute,” the source said.


The promoters are now reportedly calculating their huge loss, as the event had to be called off since the headline act whom many had wanted to see was a no-show.


“Many have lost major funds due to these unforeseen circumstances and many have been left disappointed,” the source stated.


It was only last month that Vybz Kartel reportedly missed two flights to a show in another Caribbean island, resulting in the promoter having to send a private jet for him on the night of the event, at an additional cost of US$8,000.00.


Calls to Vybz Kartel’s management went unanswered.







The Miami Herald online had as its breaking news this morning the headline ‘Reggae artist faces drug charges in Miami; Controversial Jamaican reggae star in jail after arrest, with a picture of Buju Banton on the page.


According to the article, “Buju Banton, the Jamaican reggae star whose anti-gay lyrics have drawn international criticism, is in a federal lockup in Miami, facing drug conspiracy charges.”


The articles goes on to say that Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents say Banton, real name Mark Anthony Myrie, has been in custody since Thursday and will soon be transferred to Tampa, where the U.S. Attorney is charging him with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than five kilos of cocaine.


Banton, the story says, has homes both in Jamaica and Tamarac.


While legions of dancehall reggae enthusiasts view Banton as one of the most prolific voices of Jamaica's poor masses, critics say he's a gay basher whose lyrics incite violence by calling for attacking and torturing homosexuals. His song Boom Bye Bye, a dance-hall hit released in the 1990s, advocates shooting gays in the head and setting them on fire.


According to the writer, “As late as September, Banton's local management told The Miami Herald that the criticism of the star was unwarranted because he had stopped singing the song years ago.”


Still, such lyrics have made Banton one of the more controversial reggae artists, with angry gay activists this fall forcing the cancellation of a string of concerts by the artists during a U.S. tour that included a Halloween night concert in Miami.


Recently the firestorm ratched up after the Grammys announced that Baton's album Rasta Got Soul, released earlier this year, was up for an award.


Gay Men of African Descent and the National Black Justice Coalition joined with the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation in a petition drive protesting the nomination.





Scences from Fresh Fridays

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Buju Banton behind bars

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Yardflex understands that Mark Myrie more popularly known an Buju Banton who has been under fire from the gay community for some time, is now in lock up in Miami.


Details are sketchy regarding his incarceration but we have confirmed that he has indeed been taken into custody.


Buju Banton’s recent album Rasta Got Soul has been nominated for a Grammy Award and in spite of the pressure the artiste has been coming under, he enjoyed successful tour dates.


It is left to be seen what this latest development will mean in his career.





Gary give me one more night

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What a way the debate is raging regarding Busy Signala’s adapatation of Phil Collin’s One More Night. It was total drama on Thursday when Ragasdhanti played the song about five times and asked listeners to give their opinions on what they heard.


Just like us they heard “Gary give me just one more night!” Whooi it is totally madness as everywhere we go it is the hot conversation topic these days.


Some are cursing the engineer though saying that he should have corrected the error when he had the chance.


“How him fi meck a ting like dat escape when the DJ sey “baby” and meck it sound like “Gary”.


“Yuh done know busy a galis, look how him have three woman did pregnant one time fi him at one point,” Signal’s supporter pointed out.


Sometime ago Beenie Man came under the same fire for his song Who Am I with the troublesome line being “How can I make love to a fellow, in a rush,” Beenie later explained that it was all a matter of a comma.





Yardflex Yard Girl Kristal Mcfarlane

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Ministry snubs Vybz

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The Ministry of Education (MoE) will not be supporting a ‘keep the peace’ campaign which was intended for the National Park today with Jamaican dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel prior to a performance here this weekend.


Jamaican stars and their lyrics and the potential for negative influence, in this case, on schoolchildren.


The organizers of the event, Hits and Jams Promotions, held a meeting with the Education Ministry yesterday, with the former proposing an interactive forum for students with the artiste and other members of his band today at the venue for this weekend’s show, the National Park. The organizers were forced to cancel the forum following the meeting.


According to a release from the Education Ministry, the department has reaffirmed its commitment to moulding the minds of young people. While acknowledging that music plays an integral role in one’s daily life, the ministry stated that part of its mandate is to promote wholesome and healthy lifestyle choices.


The release from the Education Ministry stated that there is the need to maintain an enabling environment where acceptable and desirable activities are fostered and in this regard, extended a call to partners in education and edutainment to work with the ministry to achieve this goal.


The MoE appealed to parents, guardians and civic minded citizens “to join with us as we raise our voices toward a violence free school environment, and to maintain order and discipline on the last day of school.”


The artiste who was born Adidja Azim Palmer and a contingent called ‘the Portmore Empire’ is being brought to Guyana by Conscious Mind Promotions with Hits and Jams being the organizers of the show. The group which includes ‘Black Rhino’ and ‘Gaza Youth’, is expected to perform in Guyana tomorrow. Palmer’s visit to Guyana comes amid a perceived ‘Gully-Gaza’ feud with his arch-rival Mavado, who had a ban lifted here against him in September. Head of the Presidential Secretariat Dr Roger Luncheon later stated that the artiste was given a chance to redeem himself as some sections of society came out against the government’s decision.


Kerwyn Bollers of Hits and Jams promotion told Stabroek News yesterday that today’s intended forum was a good opportunity to have Vybz Kartel provide his fans, more so youths, with “what to be seen and what not to be seen as entertainment”. He said that Vybz Kartel and Mavado, the latter who was born David Constantine Brooks, both came to an agreement earlier this week in Jamaica, pledging to end their lyrical feud which has perturbed educators on the island because of the school violence it has fuelled.


Bollers said that the lengthy meeting held with Education Ministry officials was fruitful though a bit disappointing. He said that the planned interactive forum would have seen representatives from Non-Governmental Organizations such as the National AIDS Programme Secretariat (NAPS) as well as members of the media participating in the event, adding that Vybz Kartel had given his commitment to participate in the event and he and his contingent would have been open to comments from those in attendance.


He said that Education Ministry officials felt that the forum was a good idea but were not in agreement with two aspects of the planned event, those being: that Vybz Kartel does not suit the image of someone who can be a good influence to school children and, that the Ministry has had several challenges dealing with the last day of school activities over the years.


However, all is not lost, Bollers stated, since according to him, the Ministry has given its commitment to participating in similar events in the future, once such events satisfy certain requirements and he noted that from January next year, Hits and Jams Promotions has a full calendar of activities where similar interactive activities are planned.


The two dancehall stars have given the Jamaican government their commitment to end the feud, which began in 2006 and which has spilled over into violent clashes on the island’s streets as well as in other parts of the Caribbean. “People need to realize that David and I have never had any personal animosity over the years. Sometimes people take things out of context, especially impressionable minds,” Vybz Kartel was quoted as saying in the Jamaican media following the meeting.


Both artistes issued public statements recently that their music was not intended to create negative influences. The Jamaica Gleaner reported that the two artistes met with three government officials on the island on December 8 to bring an end to the use of degrading lyrics they have traded with each other and to also issue a call to their respective supporters to end the fuss.





The Tiger saga continues

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As the Tiger Woods scandal(s) head for a third week, the perhaps inevitable question is being asked: Is he a sex addict? .


But if these counselors and psychologists have never had a one-on-one (and here we mean a therapy session) with the golfer, what are they basing their diagnoses on? If you've been following the saga, you'll recognize some of the purported evidenc


He led a double life.


A week after details of Woods' extramarital affairs began to emerge, the Woods mistress count includes two porn stars, a lingerie model and a host of waitresses. Weiss told CBS' "The Early Show" that living very different public and private lives -- keeping covered a "hot bubble of secrets" -- is classic sex addict behavior.


He did it again -- and again.


So far, 13 women have been named, or named themselves, as alleged flings. Manhattan author and therapist Bonnie Eaker Weil said of Woods' situation that repetitive cheating is an addiction. "What begins with a desire to relieve stress or mute depression easily progresses to a preoccupation with where their next 'fix' will come from," she wrote in a news release. As Lustberg told ABC News, pro athletes, accustomed to the rush of celebrity, often look to sex for a similar high.



He liked it outside.



Woods reportedly had sex in a church parking lot with 33-year-old diner waitress Mindy Lawton. David Smallwood, addictions manager at London's Priory clinic, told Britain's News of the World that publicly chancy behavior signals an uncontrollable craving. "Outdoor sex is a way of creating excitement," he said. "The more sex he has, the more he will want, and the more outlandish he will try to make it.


He eschewed protection.



Us Weekly reported that during cocktail waitress Jaimie Grubbs' 31-month affair with the golfer, Woods never wanted to use protection. Lawton's sister, Lynn, concurred. "It's self-destructive behavior," psychotherapist Rhonda Findling, author of "Don't Call That Man!" told the magazine. "Sometimes it's just momentary stupidity, but this seems like sexual addiction."


He left documentation.


In a series of now-public text messages with Grubbs, Woods alluded to sex and asked for naked photos. Dr. Drew Pinsky, host of VH1's "Sex Rehab With Dr. Drew," told CBS News that addiction "has people doing things that don't make sense." Grubbs claims to have more than 300 text messages from Woods saved on her phone and has released a voicemail she says is from Woods, asking her to change the name on her caller ID, saying that "my wife may be calling you."


He seemed to almost want to get busted.


Along with his many far-flung rendezvous, Woods reportedly took at least one woman home with him. Lawton has said she slept with Woods at the Florida home he shares (shared?) with wife Elin Nordegren and their two young children. As Pinsky told CNN, "most of these guys want to get caught."


All the same, though, a sex addiction diagnosis might prove to be Woods' get-out-of-jail card; it's a defense that's allowed celebs like David Duchovny and Michael Douglas to maintain both their careers and their famous wives. "Once you medicalize it ... then the guy has an excuse," Columbia University psychologist Judy Kuriansky told ABC. At the very least, claiming sex addiction might work better than arguing that his indiscretions were just Tiger being Tiger, as Psychology Today writer Stanton Peele seems to have argued. "The same single-mindedness, skill set and gift for robotic calculation that make Tiger Woods the world's greatest golfer," Peele wrote, "make him an avatar of the bedroom." Meow!







Sound system selector Jason Goshine better known as DJ Shine, fourth place finisher in the 2009 Heineken Green Synergy competition, will reveal a different side to his artistic talent, in the upcoming television commercial for CY Clothing.


The commercial was recently completed at the Phase 3 studios in Kingston, under the direction of Doc Media Entertainment. It was produced by D Escoffrey for D’Empire Management.


“DJ Shine was brought in at last minute for the project and he did a really good job. Dancehall artiste Stacious and radio jock ZJ Bambino are the official faces for CY and they too were involved in the commercial. Its going to be off the chain,” an excited Escoffrey revealed.


CY Clothing is relatively new on the Jamaican market. Its offices are headquartered in Florida, USA where its T-shirt line is already creating an impact. There is also an office in Jamaica which is located at Unit 5, 37 Windsor Avenue in Kingston.


An elated DJ Shine expressed his pleasure at the opportunity that the television commercial will facilitate for him. “I’m really excited about this and the DJ Shine fans will see me in a different light. Wait until the commercial is out then you will see what I am talking about,” he confidently stated.


CY Clothing line will be expanding early next year to include dresses for females, dress shirts, polo shirts and jeans for men, as well as bags.





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Bowy a caan tell unno how we feel it to wi heart when wi hear di news sey police shot Kentucky Kid and kill him. Now we find it funny dat him a have a long standing case wid dem, whey one a dem lick up inna him car and a gwaan like sey dem doan waan teck responsibility. Pon top of it, them turn around and arrest him and chump up all kina charges and the Kid all have dem pon video when dem a manhandle him.


Di powers dat be never do nutten bout all a dem allegations deh, but now we a get report sey dem a look fi gun man and when dem come upon kid, him open fire fus pon dem and di fire return and him dead. Dem all claim sey dem find gun pon him.


Now whey wi waan fi know is, how come dem always suh lucky fi smady a open fire fus pon dem and not even a scratch dem nuh get, plus mi and unno know sey when gunman open fire pon police dem dead like dawg cause dem always teck dem off guard.


Jackass sey di world nuh level and a really true. Cause unno ever wonda why dem a kill nuff a di police man dem…a fi know di story behind some a dem death. Cause mi sey di wife fig uh a Japanese embassy wid di video and create a big stink bout har husband death. Jah know man, dis thing gone too far. Rest in peace yah Kentucky Kid.






Iley Dread for GT Taylor Christmas Extravaganza

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Singer Iley Dread has been added to the annual GT Taylor Christmas Extravaganza scheduled to be held at Independence Park, Black River, St Elizabeth on Christmas Day, December 25.


According to Iley fans can expect to hear songs from his new album Unleashed as well as some old favourites.


“I am looking forward to coming home and performing on stage in St Elizabeth,” said the singer who has been busy promoting his latest album Unleashed on the North American circuit.


With that out of the way and the good vibes he has been receiving from his latest single Are You Sure he can’t wait to hit the Jamaican stage.


Other artistes that are scheduled to be on the show are Marcia Griffiths, Buju Banton, Beenie Man, Tarrus Riley, Mr Vegas, Khago, G-Whizz , Sophia Squire along with some top sound systems.





Etana rocks St Vincent, Dominica on multi-island blitz

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With her newly-formed band, Strong Roots, behind her, Reggae singer Etana delivered powerful performances before thousands of fans in St Vincent and Dominica recently. These shows formed part of Etana’s promotional tour, which kicked off in November.
In addition to performing in St Vincent and Dominica, Etana also visited Guyana, Grenada, St Lucia and St Marteen on what was a 10-day island excursion.


During these performances, Etana belted out spirited renditions of her hits including Not Afraid, Roots, Warrior Love, Wrong Address and Jah Love among others. And her 45-minute set wouldn’t have been complete without the performance her latest songs August Town, Free and Happy Heart, which are at the centre of her promotional efforts.


At both shows, the swollen audience rocked relentlessly to Etana’s soul-tinged Reggae vibes. Not only was Etana a hit, Strong Roots was also a crowd pleaser, as they provided Etana with an impressive musical backdrop. This is just the beginning of this union, as Etana and Strong Roots are billed on a number of upcoming events in December.


“Performing before my Caribbean fans has been a warm, rewarding experience for me,” says Etana. “I was especially happy that I could bring my new band with me, as they allow me to creatively entertain my fans without boundaries.”


Following the performances, Etana continued her media-heavy visits to other islands where she interviewed with leading DJs and TV personalities. Her visits sparked quite an interest among media and fans alike, including a number of politicians. “The Strong One” also landed coverage in popular Caribbean print publications. Based on the turnout wherever Etana touched down, one thing was clear — she has a massive Caribbean fan base. Over and over again, DJs and fans credited Etana with being one of Jamaica’s best new artistes.
“This recent leg of Etana’s promotional tour was very worthwhile,” says Etana’s manager Garfield ‘Chin’ Bourne.


Etana returned to Jamaica for a number of performances during this season and the launch of her video contest on RETV, in which fans will be able to win top prizes including a lap top, blackberry and ipod, to name a few since November, Etana has been heavily marketing her three new songs. With videos set for release later this month, fans will have an opportunity to experience three distinct moods of the artiste. Etana is excited about her new music, which will help solidify her summer 2010 album release.





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

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Light


I trust the light of Spirit to show me the way.


Gazing at the flame of a candle can be a relaxing practice leading into deep meditation and contemplation. The light of the candle reflects the light of Spirit within me and reminds me of the spiritual light that shines within everyone.


I trust the light of Spirit to show me the way whenever life becomes complex or confusing. I become still inside, and when I do, I grow in my awareness of the flame that burns within me as life energy.


The light of Spirit transforms the thoughts I hold in mind, the words I speak and the actions I take. Spirit's light allows me to see the light in others and in myself and respond to life in a whole new way.


No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house.–Matthew 5:15
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Today's Daily Word - Thursday, December 10, 2009

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World Peace


The Christ is born anew in our hearts, our country and our world.


We join our hearts as one to create a new world. All possibilities for peace and prosperity are available to us as we release old patterns of behavior and overcome thoughts and actions that have divided us in the past. The Christ is born anew in our hearts and in our world.


We greet these new days with hope and love, trusting that our world leaders are being guided toward the highest good for all. The power of our hearts united is invincible. We move forward with the confidence, hope and strength borne of faith. The Christ is awakened and renewed in us, and we trust Spirit to lead us into bringing about a new world vision of peace.


You have been born anew, not of perishable but of imperishable seed, through the living and enduring word of God.--1 Peter 1:23
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CHINO- From mornin/Never Change

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Sounding off!!! Mavado and Kartel turn BFF

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For those of you who are not text message savvy, BFF means Best Friends Forever.


And that’s what it looks like from here. All of a sudden former arch rivals Vybz Kartel and Mavado are touching each other, shaking hands and smiling at each other … even laughing at each other’s jokes. All in an effort to demonstrate that they are chums .. friends … BBF’s.
But all this happens when the cameras are focused on them and they know that the world is watching. But what will it be like when there are no cameras and each of them returns to their natural habitat – whether it is the Gullyside or the Gaza?


Will they be ringing off each other’s cellies as they want to keep the talk and the peace process active. Will Gaza supporters start listening to songs by Mavado and vice versa? Will they be seen hanging out together backstage at the various shows on which they are both billed?


And where exactly does Alliance CEO Bounty Killer stand in all of this? And Ambassador Usain Bolt? Will he include some Gully songs on his iPod, and not just Empire tunes as he was reported as saying recently in the media?
Remember that this peace thing has happened before when Kartel and Mavado met in 2007 with Mark Shields.


This time around, after meeting with three government ministers and the Herro Blair from the Peace Management Initiative, we are hearing about painting out graffiti (they should ask LA Lewis to assist with this chore), recording a song together, T-shirts with both their images and … oh yes.. a peace concert.


It would be truly wonderful if this time around the peace would last.






Uganda debates death penalty proposal for gays

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Despite reports that Jamaica is the most homophobic place on earth, an report carried by the Associated Press would indicate that the treatment meted out to gays in the African state of Uganda makes Jamaica looks like the people there are playing dolly house.


Recently, legislation has been proposed that would impose the death penalty for some gay Ugandans and it doesn’t stop there. Their family and friends could face up to seven years in jail if they fail to report them to authorities.


Even landlords could be imprisoned for renting to homosexuals.


The measure was proposed in Uganda following a visit by leaders of US conservative Christian ministries that promote therapy for gays to become heterosexual.


The bill is still being debated and could undergo changes before a vote, which has not yet been set.


The Ugandan legislation in its current form would mandate a death sentence for active homosexuals living with HIV or in cases of same-sex rape. "Serial offenders" also could face capital punishment, but the legislation does not define the term. Anyone convicted of a homosexual act faces life imprisonment.


Anyone who "aids, abets, counsels or procures another to engage of acts of homosexuality" faces seven years in prison if convicted. Landlords who rent rooms or homes to homosexuals also could get seven years and anyone with "religious, political, economic or social authority" who fails to report anyone violating the act faces three years.


Gay rights activists abroad are focusing on the legislation. A protest against the bill is planned for tomorrow in London; protests were held last month in New York and Washington.


David Bahati, the legislator sponsoring the bill, said he was encouraging "constructive criticism" to improve the law, but insisted strict measures were necessary to stop homosexuals from "recruiting" schoolchildren.


"The youths in secondary schools copy everything from the Western world and America," said high school teacher David Kisambira. "A good number of students have been converted into gays. We hear there are groups of people given money by some gay organisations in developed countries to recruit youth into gay activities."


"I feel that the bill is good and necessary, but I don't think gays should be killed. They should be imprisoned for about a year and warned never to do it again. The family is in danger in Uganda because the rate at which the vice is spreading is appalling," said shopkeeper John Muwanguzi.


Uganda is not the only country considering anti-gay laws. Nigeria, where homosexuality is already punishable by imprisonment or death, is considering strengthening penalties for activities deemed to promote it. Burundi just banned same-sex relationships and Rwanda is considering it.





Asafa says he can beat Bolt

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Former 100 metre world record holder, Asafa Powell, who is now in Singapore, says he can beat the fastest man in the world, Usain Bolt.


In a story carried in the Associated Press (AP), Asafa is quoted as saying, “Usain is the target right now and I am shooting at him . I know that I can do it.”


Powell, who has run a personal best of 9.72 seconds in the 100 metres, will square off against Bolt and American Tyson Gay in the IAAF diamond League, a new circuit for the top tier of track and field starting in 2010, a year with no Olympics or World Cahmpionships on the schedule.


Bolt, the 100 and 200 metres world record holder and a three time Olympic champion, ran a record 9.58 seconds in Berlin in August, a mark Powell said can be beaten.


“I knew 9.5 was possible. I’m not sure 9.4 is possible, but I’m 100 per cent sure you will see some very fast times next year,” Powell is quoted as saying.


Tyson Gay ran 9.69 at Shanghai in September.


According to Powell, he has an advantage over Bolt because he’s “shorter than him.”


“So I can get out of the blocks faster. He’s taller so he’s stronger at the end,” Powell explained.





Meeting Held to Ease Gully Gaza Tension

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Minister with responsibility for information, Daryl Vaz has emphasized government's responsibility to intervene in the situation created by the Gully Gaza controversy which has resulted in tension between the fans of dancehall artistes Movado and Vybz Kartel.


Minister Vaz along with Minister of Education, Andrew Holness, Security Minister Dwight Nelson, representatives of the Ministry of Youth, Culture and Sports, head of the Peace Management Initiative, Hero Blaire, the National Transformation Programme, Rev Al Miller and others met at Jamaica House with dancehall artistes Movado and Vibes Kartel. Minister Vaz outlined the initiatives which were agreed on at this morning's meeting.


Dancehall artistes Movado and Vybz Kartel have made it clear that they are no enemies and it's just about the music.





What happen to Ninjaman?

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Big and serious, dem really nah let out Ninjaman outa di jail star? When you check it out him inside a di cell for a long time now. Yuh member one time Ninja did sey if dem lock him up him just a guh pretend sey him lock up inna him house and him last him key.


Well mi nuh tink sey no amount a pretending cause erase dis ya situation, cause him woulda haffi have a great imagination fi look past di amount a days whey him under lockup.


But di ting bout it is dat with Sting lineup suh lame, dem really need one big surprise fi rescue dem like di fact sey Ninja a go meck it a Sting.


Still wi nah too hold wi breath fi dah one yah.


But speaking a Sting, like how Vybz and Mavado sign peace treaty…a who a guh clash….and wi nah talk di comic strip ting wid Goofy and LA Lewis neither?





Super Plus nuh easy

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Bwoy, wi nah tell nuh lie, wi feel it to wi heart and soul when some women came on the television station and demonstrated about the fact that Super Plus May Pen still caan honour di redundancy cheque whey dem meck out to di employee dem after dem close di Supermarket.


According to the owner fid at branch, they are awaiting the payment from the sale of the place to honour the cheques, so wouldn’t it have made more sense to wait till money in the bank before issuing the cheques?


Oooh boy…hus yah ladies, Life soon sort out.





Laden back in court for foul language

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Dancehall artiste, Okefe Aarons more popularly known as Laden appeared in the Santa Cruz Petty Sessions Court Tuesday to answer charges of indecent language and disorderly conduct.


Laden was arrested and charged on May 27 this year, after he verbally abused a police sergeant in Junction, St. Elizabeth.


However, the case was postponed several times, the latest being last month.


It is reported that the police sergeant was chiding a school girl in uniform who was in the company of a group of men including Laden long after school hours.


Laden allegedly intervened and verbally abused the policeman claiming that the girl was his sister and the men were his friends.


He was taken into custody and charged.


Laden has pleaded not guilty to the charges.





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

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Grace


I am blessed by the grace of God.


Holiday joy is in the air--my home decorated for the season, children radiating their excitement and expectation, holiday parties and programs planned. But there are times when the joy of the season eludes me. Perhaps I've experienced the loss of a loved one or I am missing family members far away.


At such times I turn within and affirm the power of God's grace to bless me. It is the love of God that fills my life with joy and peace. It is the grace of God that blesses me in ways beyond what I have asked for, beyond my hopes and expectations. My faith in God invites divine grace to inspire me with love, joy and contentment this holiday season.


I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus.--1 Corinthians 1:4
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Gays attack Buju’s Grammy nomination

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Internet reports are indicating that the Grammy Awards has been receiving quite a bit of backlash from the gay community for nominating Reggae singer Buju Banton’s Rasta Got Soul, in the Best Reggae Album category.


One such group, The Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center, notes that it is rather upset at what it calls, “the appalling Grammy nomination for Buju Banton, a performer whose music promotes the violent murder of LGBT people.” The Center further states that they, “hope the members of the Recording Academy will not bestow the prestigious honour of a Grammy on someone whose music promotes murder.”


“We’re shocked that Buju Banton, a singer with a long record of performing a song that glorifies the murder of gay people, would be honoured with a Grammy nomination, regardless of the artistic merit of any of his work,” said Jim Key, the Center’s Chief Public Affairs Officer.


In October, following the cancellation of a number of stops on his Rasta Got Soul tour of the US, the deejay met with GLBT equality advocates, who had asked him to stop performing the song and to speak out for gay rights in Jamaica, Buju did not agree to their stipulations.


The groups have also begun to appeal the Grammy voters not to support the nomination.


The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center states, “We certainly hope the members of the Recording Academy will not bestow the prestigious honour of a Grammy on someone whose music promotes murder.”







PepsiCo statement on anti-gay Uganda concert


I emailed the media folks at PepsiCo about their sponsorship of the anti-gay concert in Uganda. Here’s their response:


Dear Jennifer,
In response to your article, Did Pepsi sponsor an anti-gay concert in Uganda? (http://www.365gay.com/news/vanasco-did-pepsi-sponsor-an-anti-gay-concert-in-uganda/), I wanted to provide you with this official statement on behalf of PepsiCo:


“We are appalled by the performer’s lyrics and find them repugnant. Our bottling partner in Uganda was not aware of the performer’s views and never would have sponsored the concert with this knowledge. Moving forward, we will work closely with our bottling partners to be more vigilant about the events associated with our brands.”


Please let me know if you need anything further.





People a cuss bout Gaza/gully meeting

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Mi sey from di news buss sey di PM a guh meet wid Vybz and Mavado bout dem long standing feud di whole Jamaica cuss. Nuff a dem sey dem lose offa di PM.


According to dem look how crime a rip di country apart and di govt caan find nuh solution but a two artiste whey shoulda know better dem a extend a whole heap a energy inna.


Fi real dough, it look like dem a validate di foolishness dat is dancehall. Why dem a meck dem feel more important dan whey dem tink dey be for.


Jah know hiya it dread cause di police force need help, dem fi call out di soldier dem fi deal wid di crime, big shoot out a Ocho Rios yesterday and all dese tings and di best dem can do is siddung with Gully/Gaza with peace initiative members…no wonder di country inna dis ya state.


Di meeting supposed to happen this morning so listen out.





Today's Daily Word - Tuesday, December 8, 2009

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Faith


I move confidently in the direction of my good.


Setting out on her journey, the young Mary may not have been sure where she would stay or how she would give birth, but Mary had faith that God would provide.


I may not always know how things will work out, but faith sets my feet confidently on the path to my good. With each step I affirm God's strength within me and God's wisdom guiding me. My faith in God's power is greater than any fear or doubt based on outer conditions of employment, finances, health or relationships. When I am uncertain, I quiet my thoughts, knowing the still, small voice within will direct me.


God's desire for me is only good. In faith I move confidently in the direction of my good.


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gully / gaza peace!! at West Kingston Jambaree 2k9

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Scenes from Wet Sundays

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PM to meet with Kartel, Mavado tomorrow

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Prime Minister Bruce Golding is to meet with dancehall artistes Vybz Kartel and Mavado tomorrow as part of ongoing efforts to put an end to the rift among supporters of the two performers.


The feud between Kartel’s Gaza and Mavado’s Gully alliances has spilled over into some schools with resulting violence among students.


Information Minister, Daryl Vaz said the meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m.


He also said a peace concert; involving performances by the two artistes could be on the agenda.


The feud between the two groups is said to have started three years ago.


Only recently Mavado whose real name is David Brooks, extended an invitation to Kartel – Adija Palmer.


However, that invitation to appear at the same stage show was rejected until this morning when the two performed at a show in West Kingston.





Did Bounty Killer dis the peace process?

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Blazing on stage after this morning, Alliance CEO Bounty Killer set West Kingston Jamboree on fire as he dug into his repertoire from the good ole day of Dave Kelly and reeled off hit after hit.


Then the Killer took his lyrics into the present and turned his arsenal on “the bleach out face bwoy”, which everyone knows is his way of referring to his nemesis, Vybz Kartel.


For Killer, it was business as usual, and he saw no need to put a brakes on his attacking lyrics, even though deejays Vybz Kartel and Killer’s protégé, Mavado, had already signed a peace treaty backstage.


Unconfirmed reports are that Bounty Killer also refused to shake Kartel’s hand as a gesture of peace and goodwill.





That Gaza/Gully peace treaty and Sting

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So people, like how the Gaza and the Gully no longer at war what a go happen a Sting??? Of course we haffi big up Kartel and Mavado fi really shake hand and turn friend again, but everybody know say dem did a come under nuff pressure from police and government so dem never really have no choice.


Anyway, we still a ask how di clash a go go at Sting! Did somebody say no Gaza/Gully war; No Sting?


Well, there’s always LA Lewis and Goofy and we hear some lickle rumble a gwaan with Ele and Flippa like sumptin’ coulda happen.


Missa Laing, you need more than a rabbit foot fi give you di luck fi pull of this one. You need a whole hutch full a rabbit.





Gully/Gaza at peace

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Mavado, Kartel perform together at West Kingston Jamboree


In a groundbreaking move designed to ease the tension between supporters of Gully God Mavado and his arch rival Vybz Kartel the Gaza President, the two artistes this morning shook hands and performed together on stage.


All this unfolded about 6:00 am in Tivoli at the annual West Kingston Jamboree staged by Presidential Click.


“The promoters called Vybz and Mavado together before they went on stage and talked to them. They shook hands backstage and when it was time to perform they both went on stage and did songs together,” a YardFlex source disclosed.


Naturally, it was pandemonium as the excitement level reached fever pitch and fans loudly showed their wholehearted approval for this gesture.


Things intensified when Vybz Kartel looked at Mavado and called him “my brother”, after which they brought the curtain down in fine style.





Meeting under the clock

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Vybz Kartel and Mavado will be making a symbolic peace meeting under the Half-Way-Tree clock at noon on Wednesday.


According to Vybz “Let it be known that in a gesture of goodwill, faith and patriotism that I, Adidja Palmer, will be making myself available on Wednesday of next week, December 9 to stand with David Brooks, in HWT, at noon, under the famous clock to show Jamaica that we're patriotic Jamaicans and as such, are bound to secure the well-being of such. I am calling on the relevant authorities who also have a stake in resolving this public feud to endeavour to make it happen in a peaceful, organised manner.”


Reports in the media also indicate that it’s a possibility that neither Vybz nor Mavado will perform on Sting unless the so called feud between them is resolved.





Nutten Super bout Bolt party

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Yardflex went to Richmond Estate in St Ann to check out the Super 9.58 party and we have to report that we were sadly let down. We were expecting something well organized and flowing but instead it seemed there was some more planning to be done.


Take for example the running order of the show, it was big name then, rising star, then dancer, then big name, then little name. It seemed as if they were just calling the performers at random.


Then to top it off the show kicked off over one hour and fifteen minutes late and then they are getting upset when police lock it off minutes after four.


Vybz Kartel didn’t work because he turned up at the venue minutes to four…well at least that’s when we noticed him backstage, so if he wanted to work, why didn’t he come about 2:00 am and do his thing? We can’t blame the police for doing their jobs in calling the show to a halt. They got until 2:00 am with two more hours grace period and made poor choices with it.


A tighter shift, artistes working in their slots and everyone would have been happy. 4:00 am was a good time for any show to be finished.


Inspite of all that there were some good performances coming from artistes like The Dream, Ludacris, Marcia Griffiths, dancer Mystic, Etana, Elephant Man and Christopher Martin.





Grammy Hall of Fame for Bob Marley

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Recordings by the Beach Boys, Bob Marley, the Doors, James Brown and Janis Joplin have been named as 2010 inductees to the Grammy Hall of Fame. Twenty-five recordings from a variety of genres will be added to the Grammy Hall, which currently includes 851 titles altogether (songs are eligible 25 years after release and the picks are approved by Recording Academy Trustees). The Doors’ L.A. Woman closer “Riders on the Storm,” Joplin’s final album Pearl and the Beach Boys’ classic “California Girls” will be among the recordings added to the collection.


“This year’s Grammy Hall Of Fame inductees highlight a diverse array of masterpiece recordings that have had a profound impact on our musical history,” Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow said in a statement. “The selections are timeless staples that span six decades and represent a wide range of genres from comedy to rock, reggae, jazz and R&B. They all greatly deserve to be memorialized.”






Mighty Crown wins two clashes on Dynasty World Tour

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When Far East Rulers Mighty Crown announced plans for their Dynasty World Tour in celebration of their latest Nike sneaker, the requests for clash dates came pouring in.


Anxious to ‘warr’ again, Mighty Crown accepted some clashes, along with a number of juggling dates. Notably, Mighty Crown’s recent holiday set of performances on the tour yielded two wins (in Canada and Atlanta) and a landmark juggling set in New York.


In Canada, Mighty Crown took on the likes of Roots Man and Lexxus Supreme in the heavily-promoted ‘Three the Hard Way’ clash. Despite some time out of the clash arena, Mighty Crown proved themselves capable against their competitors and the selectors showed the real meaning of the ‘mighty’ in Mighty Crown.


As a cushion between the two clashes on the line-up, the sound breezed through New York and left a lasting impression on dancehall fans at